Year 5: Darwin's Investigators

This collection of resources encourages children to draw inspiration from the life and work of Charles Darwin to develop their understanding of the natural world. Originally designed for children working in upper primary, children Investigate seed dispersal, collecting and storing seeds in their own Mini Seed Banks. They also plan and carry out a germination experiment. Darwin's Investigators is part of The Great Plant Hunt, created by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and commissioned and funded by the Welcome Trust to mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.

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Investigators Activity 2: Shaking, Flying, Sticking!

This resource, aimed at upper primary level, explores different methods of seed dispersal. Children go on a thinking walk and make observations of different plants with seeds. Looking at the structure of the plant and the seed, they think about how they spread their seed.

In a follow up activity, children...

Darwin's Investigators: Assemblies and Quick Start Resources

Aimed at upper primary, this resource introduces different methods of seed dispersal and the germination of seeds. An extract about the life of Charles Darwin is used to set the scene, followed by a video and a postcard from Masego, a real life plant hunter. Masego works in the Botswana collecting seeds from rare...

Investigators Activity 1: Daisy Observation

This resource aimed at upper primary level links to work on plant reproduction and life cycles whilst teaching skills of observation and quadrat sampling. Children choose a selected quadrat where daisies grow in the local environment and visit it over the course of several weeks. They observe and record any changes...

Investigators Activity 3: Time for Seeds

This resource, aimed at upper primary level, looks at the variation within sunflower seeds and investigates how long seeds take to germinate. Children measure sunflower seeds and compare seed sizes from the class, plotting the length and width of each seed on a bar chart and looking at the range of sizes. They then...

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