Darwin's Lookouts: Assemblies

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This resource pack, aimed at Key Stage One, contains a story, video and several posters which could be used as an introduction to a project on plants in class or assembly.

A story about how the young Charles Darwin’s interest in nature grew as he did, may be used to set the scene and find out more about this famous scientist. It contains many ideas which could be developed inside or outside the classroom including spotting all kinds of things in their environment such as insects, flowers, cars and dogs.

A short video introduces Fiona, who works at Kew Gardens; she talks about her work there and about how she collects seeds for a millennium seed bank. Introducing a variety of plants, she talks about the parts of a plant and their functions comparing and noticing the differences between different plants.

This resource is part of The Great Plant Hunt, which is designed to encourage children to draw inspiration from the life and work of Charles Darwin to develop their understanding of the natural world. It was created by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and commissioned and funded by the Wellcome Trust to mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.

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