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‘A pebble in my pocket’

Posted on: 1st November 2019

Fabulous fossil finders from Frome!

To kick start our exciting project on Mary Anning, Year 3 visited Charmouth beach.

It was the most beautiful day with clear skies and sunshine so, after listening to a fabulous fossil expert about how to find and identify different types of fossils, we headed for the beach, just as Mary Anning would have done in the 1800’s.

We learnt the difference between a stone and a bone and  after careful and detailed searching, we were lucky to find treasures such as some Ammonites, Belamnites and a crystal. Ms Dowdle also found a Crinoid!


Although Mary Anning searched the cliffs where she found the Ichthyosaur, we were careful to stay away from them in case of falling rocks and although it was tempting to paddle, we stayed back from the sea.

After collecting a pebble for our pockets, we ate our lunch in the sunshine and then headed back to Frome. We all had a wonderful day and since we have returned have learnt more about Mary Anning and how important her discovery of her ‘curiosities’ were. 

If you would like to find out more, you can visit the museum at Charmouth or at Lyme Regis were Mary lived. You can also visit the Natural History Museum where they have dedicated ‘Mary Anning’ rooms for their new exhibition.

https://charmouth.org/chcc/ Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

https://www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk/ Lyme Regis Museum

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/mary-anning-unsung-hero.html  Mary Anning exhibition at the Natural History Museum