Year 2: Darwin's Discoverers

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 from the age six to seven, they are called Darwin's ‘Discoverers’ as they go out and discover the amazing plants that grow in their part of the world. In these resources they observe the similarities and differences between plants in different habitats, collect specimens and study them in simple experiments.

Darwin's Discoverers 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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Darwin's Discoverers: Quick Start Resources

These resources, aimed at Key Stage One, can be used for an assembly or as a class introduction to learning about plants. An extract about the life of Charles Darwin sets the scene, followed by a video and postcard from Dan, a real life plant hunter. Dan works as a plant scientist discovering plants in different...

Discoverers Activity 1: Thinking Walk

Aimed at primary learners these activities involve investigating different habitats and the plants which are found in them.

Children plan their thinking walk and decide what equipment is needed to help them observe, identify and record their findings. On the walk they discover how many different types of...

Discoverers Activity 2: Spot the Plant

In this resource, aimed at younger primary learners, children observe plants looking at adaptations to different habitats. Using the plants collected on a thinking walk, children try to identify them using the Identikit provided. They compare the same part of different plants they observe and note the differences...

Discoverers Activity 3: Sorting and Sprouting *suitable for home teaching*

This resource, aimed at younger primary learners, helps children understand the role of seeds in the life cycle of a plant. It contains two activities; the first asks children to observe and sort a variety of seeds discovering the variety of shapes, sizes and colours. They then go on to investigate the conditions...

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