The Great Fossil Hunters

These practical science lessons get pupils creating their own fossils, which they then learn to excavate and identify.

Years: 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 3

Subject: Science

Resource Overview

Ever wondered what it might be like to be a fossil hunter? How would you excavate a fossil without damaging it and how would you identify the fossil? How is a fossil formed? In this practical science activity your students create their own fossils encased within a sedimentary rock and then have the responsibility of carefully excavating and identifying each other’s work. Has your class got the skills and patience?

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Resource Assets


Great Fossil Hunters Lesson Plan

An exciting lesson plan full of great ideas bound to get your class engaged.


Great Fossil Hunt Slide Show

Brilliant, clear visuals with easy to follow instructions to teach your class how to become palaeontologists.


Great Fossil Hunt Risk Assessment

Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 3 (Age 7-8)
    • Compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties.
    • Describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock.
  • Year 6 (Age 10-11)
    • Recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago.