Science – Fossils

Some of our science curriculum this term is based around rocks and soils, including learning about fossils.

Please find the answers to these questions and have a go at making your own fossil (if you have the ingredients – we know it’s hard to get hold of certain items at the moment!)

  • What is a fossil?
  • What does the word fossil mean?
  • How are fossils formed?
  • What is the name of a person who studies fossils and the remains of life forms?

Have a go at making your own fossil. You can do this with play dough or make your own salt dough which will harden when you bake it! You can make the imprint of a fossil using toy dinosaurs, animals, shells, bugs etc.


  • 250g plain flour
  • 125g fine salt
  • 125ml water

Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl, add water gradually until the mixture comes together in a dough. It needs to be wet but not sticky.

Roll out small pieces then make your fossil imprint.

Place your fossils onto baking paper and put on a baking tray.

Bake in an oven on the lowest setting for 3 hours. (make sure an adult helps you!)

These can be painted when they are cooled if you like!

Remember we’d love to see any examples of the work you’ve been doing, or take some photos of what you’ve been up to and any creations you’ve made. It would cheer us up as we are both missing teaching you and seeing your faces every day! Email us at

Hope you are all keeping safe and well!

Miss Hall


Rocks and Fossils Quiz PowerPoint

Types of Rocks PowerPoint

Science - Introduction to habitats PowerPoint


Great Ellingham and Rocklands Schools Federation