Junior school’s dino display

Leys Junior School pupils have made a Stegosaurus dinosaur and many artefacts for there very own Dinosaur Museum, officially opened by the Mayor of Alfreton John Walker, Angela Walker and Sharna Guest
Leys Junior School pupils have made a Stegosaurus dinosaur and many artefacts for there very own Dinosaur Museum, officially opened by the Mayor of Alfreton John Walker, Angela Walker and Sharna Guest

A prehistoric project saw Leys Junior School youngsters turn their school hall into an exciting hands-on museum.

The Flowery Lees Lane, Alfreton, based pupils have been enjoying lessons on dinosaurs since the start of the autumn term.

And after a visit to Derby Museum a fortnight ago, the three to 11-year-olds were inspired to create a dino-display of their own - even building a four-foot tall triceratops out of papier mache’ and chicken wire.

Deputy head Becky Waites said the whole school has collaborated on the museum, which opened to parents to enjoy for two days this week.

“The mums and dads loved it,” she said. “They saw that the children had worked really hard on it and they left some good comments in our museum visitors book.”

Staff at Derby Museum helped supply the school with a selection of fossils for their display and even came into school to give youngsters some guidance via an assembly on the work they do.

As well as the large triceratops - which they named Terry - the youngsters’ display saw them make fossils of their own, drawings and models of different prehistoric creatures, some large dino-eggs and their own information booklet to act as a handy museum tour guide.

“They have really enjoyed the project,” the deputy head said. “The amount of things that they have brought in from home like books and toys has been really good, they really embraced it.”

Miss Waites added that dinosaur projects always seem to excite the imaginations of school youngsters.

Hse dsaid: “The children love the fact that we don’t know the whole truth about dinosaurs, people have discovered these things studied them and made links to the past.”

Mayor of Alfreton Town Council Cllr John Walker officially opened the ‘museum’ on Tuesday, October 22.