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The Troodon

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By Peter Rileyauthor

Technical development by Andy Jones

This downloadable game begins with some information about the physical features of a dinosaur known as the Troodon. The information also suggests how these features may have affected how the creature lived.


Once they have shared and discussed the information, children can move on to the interactive labelling activity, using drag and drop, to reinforce the names of body parts. Children could compare these to other animals, including themselves. Leaflet 2 provides more factual information about the physical attributes of some other dinosaurs.

Shared learning and teaching

Speaking and listening

Before using the resource, discuss the names and features of dinosaurs which the children already know. Consider how they might have behaved, moved, their size and possible colour and what they might have eaten. Compare these to creatures today.


Make a class collection of dinosaur books and toys. Provide other objects for small world play, such as containers with sand, woodchip, stones, twigs and foliage.

Previous learning

Remind the children of any science work you have done on ‘Ourselves’. It will be useful if the children have some prior knowledge of words used for body parts. Revise these by playing ‘Simon Says’ or singing ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’.

Shared reading

  • Read the introduction to, or with, the children, depending on their reading ability.
  • Discuss and explain any new vocabulary, such as wounding and balance.
  • Measure out the size of the dinosaur on the floor or in the playground.
  • Ask the children to predict what sort of shape they think this dinosaur might have been and how it might have moved.

Playing the game

  • Play the labelling game in small groups. Ask the children to label the dinosaur, following the alphabetical order. Ask the children to first name the body part then try to find the correct label. Remind them to sound out any new words.
  • Use the activity sheet below as an individual follow-up task.

Guided and group activities

  • Encourage the children to act out simple dinosaur stories in small world play. Encourage them to narrate the stories and actions using some of the vocabulary from the labelling activity and to use descriptive language as they play. Provide simple scenarios, such as foraging, or going to drink at the lake and ask the children to move the dinosaurs accordingly.
  • Use the same scenarios for role play with the children and discuss which body parts they are using. Encourage them to add descriptive vocabulary.

Key learning outcomes:

  • To build new stores of words in different contexts;
  • To read more challenging texts and know how to decode unfamiliar words using phonic knowledge;
  • To create simple texts that combine words, images and sounds on paper/screen.

Share your resources

Why not upload and share your videos or photos of your small world play dinosaur stories? Go to your folder

  • Video or take still images of the small world play and role play and upload them into a presentation software package. Model writing a caption for one of the images using some of the vocabulary from the labelling activity. Ask the children to write a caption for another picture. Record some sound effects to accompany the pictures and add these to the presentation.
  • Make a large picture of a real or an imaginary dinosaur, using reference books if necessary. Label the body parts and add a caption to accompany each label to say how the creature uses this part of its body.


  • Summarise what you now know about the Troodon.
  • Discuss how the Troodon’s body compares to our own. Refer to the children’s completed PCPs. List the comparative language used, exploring the correct use of the suffixes -er and -est, and any mathematical language you have used to describe size.