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We’re off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his crew on HMS Beagle. Can you trace his route across the vast ocean? Stop at the magical Galápagos Islands to see the amazing species that helped Charles Darwin to develop his theory of evolution by natural selection. Do you know what’s so special about a lava lizard, or why the blue-footed booby has blue feet? See how animals adapt to their environments over time and meet some of the world’s greatest explorers and naturalists. Imagine how humans will evolve in millions of years. It’s a scary thought. Ready to trace the origin of species? Let’s set sail.

Ship ahoy! We’re off on an exciting journey with Charles Darwin and his crew on the HMS Beagle.

During this half term, we’re going to investigate different environments and compare the biodiversity in each. We’ll investigate adaptation, natural selection, variation and inheritance. After discovering the route Darwin took during his studies, we'll write persuasive adverts, encouraging visits to the marvellous Galapagos Islands. Just like Darwin, we will develop our sketching skills, focusing on form, proportion and shading before applying this to our own image of the evolution timeline, showing ape to modern man.


At the end of the ILP, we’ll think about why the Galapagos Islands developed such diverse animal life, and why they might be under threat. We’ll also think about what Darwin would have worked on if he were alive today. How would he use our technology?


Help your child prepare for their project
Charles Darwin was a world-renowned naturalist, geologist and physicist, and we’re going to follow in his footsteps. Why not collect samples of plant life from your garden and see if you can identify them? You could make detailed sketches of the plants you find, just like Darwin. Alternatively, visit a museum that has fossils on display. What can you learn about the animals from which they were formed?


Memorable experienceAnimal specimen observation
Innovate challengeMorphing animation
ScienceEvolution and inheritance; Living things and their habitats; Working scientifically
A&DCreating sketchbooks; Observational drawing
ComputingExploring conditions and selecting outcomes using Scratch
GeographyMaps; Geographical similarities and differences; Islands of the world
HistorySignificant individuals – Charles Darwin, Mary Anning
PSHESmoking, alcohol and drugs effect on the body
Science investigationsHow have eyes evolved? How many worms are underground? Where do wild plants grow best? Why do birds have different beaks? Why is holly prickly?

Book List

📗 Recommended text | 📙 Love to Read guide available

📗 📙 Sky HawkWaterstonesAmazonGill Lewis9780192756244
Lost WorldsWaterstonesAmazonAndrew Lane9781447227991
Evolution: The Whole Life on Earth Story (Science Sorted)WaterstonesAmazonGlenn Murphy9781447254607
The Tree of Life: Charles DarwinWaterstonesAmazonPeter Sis9781250073488
Journey to the River SeaWaterstonesAmazonEva Ibbotson9781447265689
📗 Stone Girl, Bone Girl: The Story of Mary AnningWaterstonesAmazonLaurence Anholt9781845077006
All about Evolution: From Darwin to DNA (DK Big Questions)WaterstonesAmazonRobert Winston9780241243664
What Mr Darwin Saw (Natural History Museum)WaterstonesAmazonMick Manning and Brita Granström9781847801074
Charles Darwin (Scientists Who Made History)WaterstonesAmazonCath Senker9780750284752
What is Evolution?WaterstonesAmazonLouise Spilsbury9780750297998
AnimalsWaterstonesAmazonCamilla de le Bédoyère9781781719114
Island: A Story of the GalapagosWaterstonesAmazonJason Chin9781596437166
The Story of Life: A first book about evolutionWaterstonesAmazonChristine Barr and Steve Williams9781847804853
The Story of Planet Earth (Usborne)WaterstonesAmazonAbigail Wheatley9781409599906