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East London schools get ready for ‘dinosaurs in the wild’ near the A12 Blackwall Tunnel

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 September 2017

Not exacxtly what you'd expect in your back garden! Picture: Dinosaurs in the Wild

Not exacxtly what you'd expect in your back garden! Picture: Dinosaurs in the Wild

Dinosaurs in the Wild

Schools can now arrange trips to meet dinosaurs in the wild in east London and get a grip on prehistoric monsters from the classroom.

Tyrannosaurus... face only a mother can love! Picture: Dinosaurs in the WildTyrannosaurus... face only a mother can love! Picture: Dinosaurs in the Wild

A ‘time machine’ now spinning round the Midlands and North of England arrives in North Greenwich at the south end of the Blackwall Tunnel in February, the producers of Dinosaurs in the Wild have announced.

It takes pupils back 67 million years to encounter Tyrannosaurus Rex roaming the wild on the North Greenwich Peninsular, as though they are actually in the creatures’ world at their time.

The time machine takes them to join scientists at an experimental research station built on the Late Cretaceous plains 67 million years ago.

Thirsty work for the ankylosaurus family. Picture: Dinosaurs in the WildThirsty work for the ankylosaurus family. Picture: Dinosaurs in the Wild

The show has been created by Tim Haines, producer of the BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs TV series.

“Your class can travel back in time to witness living dinosaurs and experience what life was really like 67 million years ago,” Tim promises.

“Pupils can ask questions as they explore with a 360-degree view of these creatures in their natural environment.”

Stretching the point... an alamosaurus. Picture: Dinosaurs in the WildStretching the point... an alamosaurus. Picture: Dinosaurs in the Wild

Curriculum-linked resources are designed for English and science lessons which can be used in advance to prepare pupils for “this unique educational trip”.

The visit can be followed up with English creative writing resources challenging pupils to bring their experience to life.

Schools booking trips get an emailed link to download the resources ahead of the visit which include a sample activity with the class and a map of the prehistoric world the pupils are to visit.

Bath time for Tyrannosaurus at the local public geyser. Picture: Dinosaurs in the WildBath time for Tyrannosaurus at the local public geyser. Picture: Dinosaurs in the Wild

Co-producer Bob Deere says: “This latest science is highly educational. Children learn a lot about dinosaurs.”

The time voyage witnesses a dinosaur autopsy, sees hatchlings emerging from eggs and stops at a lookout with panoramic views of teeming prehistoric life in every direction.

The 70-minute show was put together by 100 artists and technicians with high-tech audiovisual effects, animatronics and live-action theatre showing the prehistoric world as it really was.

Dinosaurs in the Wild opens on February 12, 2018, on Greenwich Peninsular, near North Greenwich Underground (Jubilee). Off-peak tickets from £25 (adults) or £85 (family) can now be booked online.

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