Oceans and Seas

Block G - The Galapagos Islands and Charles Darwin

Through a series of lively and interesting activities the children will build their knowledge of oceans and seas around the world. They will begin to understand the different environments these represent and how they affect life on land as well as at sea. They will develop their geographical skills and build up their knowledge of food chains, exploration, and evolution!

Enter the world of famous naturalist Darwin and his discoveries. Research the Galapagos Islands and create a fact-file. Meet Darwin, learn about adaptations, create Naturalist’s Notebooks similar to those of Darwin. Collect plant samples, make sketches and notes like a real naturalist. Make a documentary to introduce others to the world of Darwin.

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Where in the world?

Research the Galapagos Islands using photographs, maps and the internet; Create a simple fact-file.

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02: Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands

Investigate the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands and their adaptations; Create own ‘naturalist notebook’ similar to those of Charles Darwin.

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03: Meeting Mr Darwin

Meet and question ‘Mr Darwin’; Go on a thinking walk; Collect plant samples and make sketches and notes like a real naturalist.

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04: A naturalist's records

Explore the effects you can make with different pencils; Study the sketches made by Darwin and then carefully make detailed sketches like a naturalist.

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05: Darwin is the 'new' David Attenborough!

Create a puppet theatre; Make a documentary in the style of David Attenborough to introduce younger children to Charles Darwin.