KS3 Small eyes, feeble arms, jagged teeth... Tyrannosaurus rex offers plenty of potential for teaching adjectives and parts of the body, while its physical dimensions and prehistoric pedigree lend themselves to number practice.
Provide simple pen portraits of other dinosaurs and ask pupils to draw comparisons or classify them according to size, habitat, eating habits, date and geographical spread.
KS4 Get students to research dinosaurs on the internet. The children's site www.momes.net offers abundant stories and poems in French, which could serve as frameworks for guided writing, together with factual information presented in relatively straightforward language. The German page www.sfk-oberfranken.de dinosdin_extr.htm groups different species under the headings Fastest, Biggest, Most dangerous and so on - ideal for reinforcing superlatives. icarito.tercera.clespeciales dinosauriosindex.htm provides comprehensive information in Spanish while www.arrakis.es foryouwebsadan.htm is a simpler web page devised by a child.