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Local school children follow in Darwin's footsteps

Children from Cudham C.E. Primary School, in the London Borough of Bromley, have been replicating one of Darwin's experiments in 'The Origin of Species' in the same setting and manner as he did all those years ago.

The children collected mud samples from the same pond that Darwin did that still exists within their school grounds. The samples were brought back to the classroom and are being observed to see if any plant material grows from seeds in the pond mud.

The school's experiment was followed by BBC World Class to mark the publication of Darwin's Book, and were linked up with schools in the Galapagos who are also investigating and comparing the observations and experiments that Darwin carried out in their local area.

'When Charles Darwin came to our school a long time ago, he took some mud from our pond and put it in his study to see what would grow. We all went to our pond just like he did and collected some mud. Mr White told us about Charles Darwin and how he collected the mud. We did the same experiment as Charles Darwin! We put the mud on our window sills and now we are waiting to see what will grow.'
Rose

'Itís amazing to think that Darwin did the same experiment here all those years ago, as we are doing today' Steven

'We have Charles Darwinís pond and we can do his experiments. Maybe we can learn lots about animals like he did' Emily-Jayne

'I love the mud, itís so squishy' Nicole

'I wonder if anything will grow? I really hope so' Ben

'I love coming down to this pond, especially when all the bluebells are out. It looks so beautiful.' Rose

Local school children follow in Darwin's footsteps