Thank you Elizabeth and Darryl for your comments. I have attached the inquiry journal that we used. It is mainly comprised of the standard Fosil resources (thank you!), the only bit that I created are the three tables in the ‘Investigate’ phase that each focus on one of the ‘lines of inquiry’ that I selected.
In terms of a time frame, we had 4 single lessons which are about 40 minutes long, but by the time the children have arrived in the library and got themselves set up, and then packed up a few minutes early (due to Covid restrictions) it was 30 minutes at most. Most completed the final report for homework. Roughly:
Lesson 1: Introduction / Connect / Wonder
Lesson 2: Investigate
Lesson 3: Investigate / discussion around Construct
Lesson 4: Express
Although some pupils did cope, this was not enough time for the level of freedom “baked-in” to the project design considering the age and experience level of the pupils. A more tightly guided approach seems appropriate for next time.