Whichever year groups you teach, there's something to get your students excited about evolution and following in Darwin's footsteps.
Through the Discover Darwin Project we have developed an teachers education pack with lesson plans and resources based on Darwin's 'The Origin of Species' for KS2 and KS3, which allows for Darwin inspired learning and the ability to replicate some of Darwin's experiments and observations in school grounds or a local green space.
This exciting new pack was distributed to all Bromley schools and is now available to download.
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Biodiversity is Life
The UK National Commission for UNESCO has produced an information pack for schools in the UK. The pack includes practical suggestions for how schools can celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity and examples of how UNESCO helps protect biodiversity in the UK, including case studies from UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and natural World Heritage Sites which have distinct biodiversity. Download the information pack.
An interactive learning tool demonstrating the differences between humans and chimps. Just click on Emma Darwin's body to learn more.
Tree of Life
This animated fly-through lets you explore evolution on Earth as never before. A four-minute film version, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, was shown on the BBC as part of its Darwin season. www.wellcometreeoflife.org
This pack of four seasonal walks and activities has been developed for young people aged 6 to 12, in schools and youth groups. The walks begin at Cudham Environmental Activities Centre. They look at different features of the surrounding countryside and changes across the four seasons.
Don't miss this series of Darwin-inspired experiments for secondary schools. These practical projects, tailored to the 11-14yrs, 14-16yrs and post-16 age groups, will help pupils see the link between Darwin's ideas and biology today.
Follow in Darwin's footsteps with Darwin-inspired Thinking Walks. Thinking Walks complement The Great Plant Hunt. There are three Thinking Walk themes: Amazing Adaptations, Seed Search and Plant Spy. Organise your own Thinking Walk in your school or local area.
Take a look at the Natural History Museum's Great Debate school programme for Key Stage 4. Plunge your students into the fiery debate surrounding Darwin's theory of evolution.
National Science & Engineering Week: Events and activities for everyone, 9–18 March 2012 In 2012, National Science & Engineering Week explores "our world in motion."
National Science & Engineering Week shines the spotlight each March on how science, technology, engineering and maths relate to our everyday lives and helps to inspire the next generation of scientists with fun and participative activities.
With over 4,500 events and activities attended by 1.7 million people in 2011 and generating over £1m in press coverage, this is the UK's widest grassroots celebration of all things science and engineering. You can join the celebration by attending an event or taking part in our national activities
A book for children 8-10 years old to encourage them to explore the natural world around them as much as young Darwin did. The investigations described are observations or experiments that Darwin actually did or would have done when he was a boy.
Browse a range of programmes, part-funded by the Wellcome Trust, on how to teach evolution and Darwin-related topics, including a documentary series on human evolution and a new 'School Matters', exploring the teaching of evolution and creationism.