Teach Rex were ROARsome!

Teach Rex were ROARsome!
July 11, 2024 Miss Goff
In Bumblebees, Dragonflies

Wow! We have had a ROAR-SOME day here at Holland Park Primary School. EYFS had some real life dinosaurs come and play. As part of our Jurassic Giants topic we have been learning all about dinosaurs, and today we got to meet some in real life! The children were all so excited to meet the first dino of the day, they had to be really quiet and ask him to come out!

We were so lucky because Jam the Tyrannosaurus Rex did want to come out and say hello! He was so much fun and let us play lots of games with him whilst Tom taught us lots of facts about him. First we made sure he knew we were kind children by tickling his chin. The children were very brave getting so close to him!

By then Jam knew we were friendly, so we played some games with his food. We knew T-Rexes like Jam were carnivores so they ate meat. We hid some meat and tried to see if Jam could smell it. We learned that Jam has a brilliant sense of smell and could sniff out his meat easily! Then we learnt that the T Rex did not have very good hearing. We tried to see if Jam could hear us when we tried to steal his meat when he was blindfolded but luckily we were super quiet and sneaky and got back to the front with his meat with a big YIPPEE!

Jam was happy with his food, but he was still hungry! He wondered if any of the children at Holland Park school were tasty. Jam had a munch on some of the children but decided the tastiest snack was a teacher! Poor Miss Hennessey…

After all that eating it was time for Jam to go to sleep, but before he went we wanted to have a good look as him and see what we could notice. Here are some of the wonderful things we noticed whilst practising our oral sentence structures.

“Jam has sharp teeth” – Stanley

“Jam has white teeth.” – Nelly

“Jam has big feet.” – Rosie

“He has a long tail and sharp claws.” – Kingsley

“He has a long tail and sharp teeth.” – Elsie

Tom and Ollie still had loads for us to explore though! We became our own film stars and movie makers when we made videos using a green screen. In the films we were walking around the jungle until a fearsome dinosaur came and chased us! Luckily we got away and had a little dance to celebrate. Thank goodness no-one else got eaten! We saw how the editing software worked and helped the adults to crop the images and add the dinosaur. It was fantastic and we are all pretty good actors!

To check out the full videos follow this link to Tapestry:



We were so lucky because the next part of the day was very special indeed. Tom and Ollie, who look after the dinosaurs, said they had some babies in their van who wanted to come and meet us. We all wanted to meet them too so we invited them into our classroom. We got to meet Baby Jam, Dinky and Rodger! They were all such lovely baby dinosaurs and we enjoyed giving them compliments and getting to know them. The babies loved it when the children put their hands in their mouths and wiped their dinosaur slobber all over the teachers!


The dinosaurs loved compliments, here are some of the things we said to them:

“I like his orange eyes.” – Leo

“I like his long tail.” -Roma-Eve

“I like his cold teeth.” -Louie

We had the best day ever meeting all of the Jurassic giants at school and remember, if you want to meet a dinosaur like we did we’ve heard Rodger is still lurking around in Holland! If you want him to visit your house, put some water out for him and call out: “COME HERE RODGER!” and he might come to visit you!