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Block J - Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution

Become an enthusiastic, expert palaeontologist! Learn about the fascinating creatures that inhabited the Earth and study the main epochs of fossils. Investigate famous 18th Century palaeontologists Mary Anning and William Buckland. Explore fossil footprints and fossils humans, ice age creatures and their fossils. Study dinosaurs, their eggs, behaviour and extinction. Learn about Darwin and the amazing story of evolution.

Become an expert on Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. Learn about his life, his research, the fossils he collected, his theories about geology, his beliefs about extinction and how he wrote his theory of evolution. Select the songs and poems which best show what you have learned about Darwin and perform them for the rest of the school.

This Topic is written for Upper Key Stage 2. 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: Darwin's life and work

Explore the life and research of Charles Darwin. Use poetry to capture what you have learned.

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02: Darwin the fossil hunter

Learn about Darwin’s fossils and write a silly poem to remember which ones he found and what he thought about them.

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03: Darwin the geologist

Explore Darwin’s theories about geology and write a haiku.

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04: Darwin on extinction

Learn about Darwin’s beliefs about extinction and evolution. Show what you understand by writing a Fibonacci poem.

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05: Darwin and evolution

Explore how Darwin came up with his theory of evolution by natural selection and write a Horrible Histories style song.

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06: Evolution performance

Select the songs and poems that best show what you have learned about Darwin. Practise and then perform them for the rest of the school.