Darwin Inspired: Primary School Materials

The Charles Darwin Trust uses the intellectual and cultural heritage of Darwin, through his approach to science and his work at Down House and in the immediate countryside, to inspire a deeper understanding of the natural world. Darwin Inspired materials promote enquiry-based learning. They prompt children to develop a broad understanding of the many concepts, principles, models and theories Charles Darwin initiated in the field of natural science. Children make observations, ask questions, investigate the natural world and collaborate with others.

These resources, aimed at children aged seven to eleven years old, tackle topics that include:

  • Life cycles
  • Understanding the environment
  • The struggle for life¬†
  • Interdependence of living things

A more detailed overview of the materials in this collection can be obtained from the Charles Darwin Trust.

Resources

Module 1: Life Cycles

From the Charles Darwin Trust, these materials help children to understand about life cycles, food chains, interdependence and adaptation. Children look at the growth of cabbages and the life cycles of two insects, the cabbage white butterfly and the Ichneumon wasp. Children see how these life cycles are...

Module 2: Understanding the Environment

Produced by the Charles Darwin Trust, these materials will help children to observe and understand their natural environment. In doing so, they will develop their skills of observation, communication and interpretation.

The activities help children to:
* Recognise how Darwin looked at the natural...

Module 3: The Struggle for Life

Produced by the Charles Darwin Trust, these materials help children to think about how living things need to compete to be able to grow and survive.

The activities look at:
* How Darwin worked
* Scientific enquiry
* Working with living organisms in their habitats
* Asking questions...

Module 4: Interdependence

These activities, produced by the Charles Darwin Trust, help children to understand how living things interact and influence each other. Children make observations of living things in their habitat and consider how their life cycles are interdependent.

These activities encourage children to:
*...

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