Spring 2 – Darwin’s Discoveries

During the next few weeks we will be developing our science skills. We will be finding out about fossils and how they are formed. We will also learn about palaeontologists and understand how they use evidence to build up a picture of the past.

The man in the photograph below is called Charles Darwin. What can you find out about him?


We will be building on our understanding of how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment and we will be learning about how adaptation may lead to evolution.

In addition, we will be learning about how children look similar, but not identical, to their parents. Have a look at photographs of different families/family groups. Can you see a likeness between siblings, parents or grandparents? You could bring some photos into school. 


We will also be reading the book ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo.


10 Responses

  • Ammarah says:

    Darwin’s five-year voyage around the world on HMS Beagle, which ended in 1836, provided him with invaluable research that contributed to the development of his theory of evolution and natural selection. Concerned, however, about the public and ecclesiastical acceptance of his deeply radical idea, he did not present his theory on evolution until 1858 when he made a joint announcement with British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, who was about to go public with a similar concept to Darwin’s. The next year, Darwin published his seminal work, “The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.”

  • Ammarah says:

    Darwin spent almost five years on board a Royal Navy exploring the ship, the HMS Beagle. He was the guest naturalist, which meant that he was responsible for making collections and notes about the animals, plants, and the geology of the countries they visited. The ship’s crew made charts of all the coastal areas, which could be used by the navy wherever it went in the world. At the time, Britain had by far the largest navy in the world and an empire which was global.

  • Daniel A says:

    Charles Darwin is a scientist who also thought of the theory of evolution of apes along with Jean-Baptiste lamarck and Alfred Russel Wallace.The first ape that that was in the speciecs was Australopuhecus afarensis then Homohabilis after that the next ape was Homoerectits and Homoneanderthalensis and the most famous one was Homosapians (human) but it’s not done yet we can still evolve again.

  • Dylan says:

    Kensuke kingdom is great the story is very intruiging and tragic it’s just a very readable book which is a definite read Micheal Morpurgo is a good author in general read his other books too.

  • Raihan says:

    Charles Darwin was born on the 12 February 1809 in Shrewsberry, England and died on the 19 April 1882. Darwin’s father was a doctor; he really wanted Darwin to study medicine. Darwin started to train to become a doctor; he was afraid of the sight of blood and ended his training. Charles’s passion was geology, which is the studying of the Earth and rocks and botany (plant biology). In 1831, Darwin set sail on the HMS beagle, a naval survey ship. Darwin collected plants and animal specimens from countries and islands. One island was called the Galapagos, that was where plants and animals can’t be seen anywhere around the world especially tortoises. Everytime Darwin goes to a different island, there are different type of tortoise. The voyage took 5 years. When Darwin got back from his voyage, he started to study the specimens that he collected on the voyage into more detail. In 1859 Darwin published a book called On The Origins Of Species then he got married to his first cousin Emma Darwin (which they got married on the 29 February 1839) and had 10 children; 7 made it to adulthood. The 10 children were called Francis Darwin, Anne Darwin, George Darwin, Willian Darwin and many more. Right up till this day, Charles Darwin is on a £10 pound note and has got a statue in the National Museum in London.

  • Imogen says:

    12 fascinating facts about Charles Darwin

    1.when Charles Darwin saw strange or animals new yo him he often wondered what they would taste like for instance he ate a brown owl ,an armadillo and a puma and arguably his favourite animal to eat was giant tortoises and liked them so much that he took 48 of them aboard the beagle to be eaten on the voyage.

    2. For Darwin’s 25th birth day ,Captain Fitzroy named the highest mountain in Tierra dell Fuego which is now named mount Darwin

    3.”on the origin of species” is Darwin’s most famous work but it’s full title is : on the origin of species by means of natural selection , or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life.

    4.it was published in 1859 20 years after his voyage.

    5.1250 books were printed at a price of 15 shillings.

    6.Darwin married his 1st cousin Emma Wedgwood and they had 8 children and also had a dog named Polly.

    7.Darwin was religious but lost his faith when hi daughter Annie died of scarlet fever at the age of 10.

    8.after his return from south America Darwin developed an life long illness that left him bed ridden the disease was never identified.

    9.126 years after his death the church of England apologised for trying to destroy his character.

    10.darwin wanted to be a doctor but unfortunately for him he could not stand the sight of blood.

    11.darwin didn’t coin the phrase survival of the fittest Herbert spencer did in his book principals of biology published in 1864 after reading Darwin’s on the origin of species.

    12. Darwin appeared on the back of a £10 note.

  • Daniel S says:

    Evolution is very complicated and Charles Darwin is very smart to understand how evolution began. I also have a few questions: How was Darwin certain about the origins of evolution? And how did he find the answer out?

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