Schoolchildren saw their class topic on dinosaurs brought to life this week – well, almost.
Youngsters from Lancaster Lane Primary School in Whittle-le-Woods, near Chorley, created a life size wooden jigsaw of a T-Rex at the popular ‘Bring Yer Wellies’ outdoor learning centre.
Melissa and Nigel Peter who run the venture in Quaker Brooke Lane in Hoghton, near Preston, were tasked by Year 2 teacher at the school, Margaret Bullen, to come up with activities for the class.
The day turned out to be a “great success” and the children were thrilled to be able to stand next to the finished puzzle and compare their height against the enormous dinosaur.
Melissa said: “Creating something that was tailor made for Margaret was a real challenge. So, we organised a morning of activities including a ‘dinosaur dig’ on our archaeological dig site where the children dug up dinosaur bones and reconstructed a model skeleton of a T-Rex.
“Then, in the afternoon we set the children to work, constructing a giant life size wooden jigsaw puzzle of a T-Rex that Nigel had made especially for their visit, measuring 6m tall by 12m long.
“It could end up being a new landmark for Lancashire standing proudly on it’s hill in Hoghton! The children loved it and the teaching staff really appreciated the hard work that Nigel had put into making it. One child shrieked and shouted ‘That’s totally awesome’ when they’d finished piecing it together.
“They all had a great time and agreed that while it was only a wooden model, the size of it was quite scary!”
She added: “We have organised lots of exciting bespoke visits for school across Lancashire since we opened a year ago including the Great Fire of London, Romans, Greeks, Anglo Saxons and most recently ‘Stig of the Dump.’”
Melissa and Nigel set up the centre last year after transforming the former commercial Ricroft Nursery into a unique place for children to learn.