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Charles Darwin - Evolution

KS 1, 2. First, Second, Stage.
Ages 5 - 11.

DURATION: 45 mins - 55 mins

OVERVIEW: Charles Darwin travelled from England, to South America, then to New Zealand, Australia, and finally Africa on the HMS Beagle.

This fun and exciting voyage inspired Darwin and his theories. You’ll get to meet some of our extraordinary animals, similar to the species Darwin himself saw and recorded.

This is an excellent workshop for classes learning about historical figures, evolution, adaptations, geography, and habitats.

Key Workshop Objectives:

  • Discuss Charles Darwin’s
    early life.

  • Explain the theory of evolution

  • Chronicle the path that the Beagle took across the world

  • Note the evolutionary history and divergences of the animals used.

Includes:

Free Printable Resources

Free printable educational resource pack
Free printable educational resource pack

Animals often used in this workshop:

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Entertainment

Animal requests will be accommodated where possible. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee attendance.

Darwin’s theory of natural selection

During his visit to the Galapágos Islands, Charles Darwin noted the variety of life between the different islands.

28 years after his expedition, Darwin released has theory of evolution by natural selection; challenging the religious views of the time.

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Studying the Galapágos finches, mockingbirds and tortoises, Darwin observed that differences in characteristics could be seen between islands.

Those which had evolved with adaptions best suited to their habitat were more likely to survive and breed, passing these characteristics on to the next generation (inheritance) to ensure survival of the species.

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