Our Year 5 class has been learning about the inspirational work of palaeontologist Mary Anning, as part of this term’s English lessons.

The classmates were fascinated to discover Mary taught herself to read and write and spent her childhood searching the Lyme Regis coastline for ‘curiosities’, which she later learned were in fact fossils.

After fact-finding, the 9-10 year-old students put pen to paper to complete a biographical writing task, each carefully constructing a personal history of Mary, explaining the many influences on her life.

Class teacher Mrs Glynda Cullen, said: “Learning how to research and present biographical topic work takes time and effort and the children have risen to this particular challenge extremely well.

“Brimming with enthusiasm, many have brought-in fossils and books to further enrich their learning and I am grateful to J5 parents for continuing to support our class-based studies.”

Mary Anning was born on 21 May 1799. When she was just 12, she discovered the skull of a mysterious creature poking out from a cliff which turned-out to be an ancient reptile called an ichthyosaur (which means ‘fish lizard’).

Over the course of her life, Mary made many incredible discoveries and is today remembered as one of the greatest fossil hunters to have ever lived.

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