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Whichever year groups you teach, there's something to get your students excited about evolution and following in Darwin's footsteps.

Through the Discover Darwin Project we have developed an teachers education pack with lesson plans and resources based on Darwin's 'The Origin of Species' for KS2 and KS3, which allows for Darwin inspired learning and the ability to replicate some of Darwin's experiments and observations in school grounds or a local green space.

This exciting new pack was distributed to all Bromley schools and is now available to download.

Scroll down for other existing resources:

 

Biodiversity is Life

The UK National Commission for UNESCO has produced an information pack for schools in the UK. The pack includes practical suggestions for how schools can celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity and examples of how UNESCO helps protect biodiversity in the UK, including case studies from UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and natural World Heritage Sites which have distinct biodiversity.
Download the information pack.

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Building a Human Body

Follow the timeline to see how evolution gradually assembled and tinkered with all the bits and pieces that make up modern human beings.

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Human Origins Initiative

Check out the Smithsonian Institution's Human Origins Initiative to learn more about how we evolved, and what it means to be human.


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Mrs Charles Darwin's Advice For Walking Upright

An interactive learning tool demonstrating the differences between humans and chimps. Just click on Emma Darwin's body to learn more.

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Tree of Life

This animated fly-through lets you explore evolution on Earth as never before. A four-minute film version, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, was shown on the BBC as part of its Darwin season.
www.wellcometreeoflife.org

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Walking with Beetles

An Education resource for schools to explore biodiversity

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A Walk for all Seasons

This pack of four seasonal walks and activities has been developed for young people aged 6 to 12, in schools and youth groups. The walks begin at Cudham Environmental Activities Centre. They look at different features of the surrounding countryside and changes across the four seasons.

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Darwin at Downe

12 page reference booklet outlining Darwin's life and work around Downe in the London Borough of Bromley

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Survival Rivals

Don't miss this series of Darwin-inspired experiments for secondary schools. These practical projects, tailored to the 11-14yrs, 14-16yrs and post-16 age groups, will help pupils see the link between Darwin's ideas and biology today.

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The Great Plant Hunt

The Great Plant Hunt invites school children aged 5-11 to explore the natural world around them in a series of activities, all clearly linked to the primary science curriculum.

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Thinking Walks

Follow in Darwin's footsteps with Darwin-inspired Thinking Walks. Thinking Walks complement The Great Plant Hunt.
There are three Thinking Walk themes: Amazing Adaptations, Seed Search and Plant Spy. Organise your own Thinking Walk in your school or local area.

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The Great Debate

Take a look at the Natural History Museum's Great Debate school programme for Key Stage 4. Plunge your students into the fiery debate surrounding Darwin's theory of evolution.

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National Science & Engineering Week: Events and activities for everyone, 918 March 2012
In 2012, National Science & Engineering Week explores "our world in motion."

National Science & Engineering Week shines the spotlight each March on how science, technology, engineering and maths relate to our everyday lives and helps to inspire the next generation of scientists with fun and participative activities.

With over 4,500 events and activities attended by 1.7 million people in 2011 and generating over 1m in press coverage, this is the UK's widest grassroots celebration of all things science and engineering. You can join the celebration by attending an event or taking part in our national activities

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Horniman Museum

Darwin's spirit of exploration and investigation will be the basis for a programme of schools activities and talks for all Key Stages, using the Horniman's galleries, gardens and On Your Doorstep Lab.

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The Curious Mind of Young Darwin

A book for children 8-10 years old to encourage them to explore the natural world around them as much as young Darwin did. The investigations described are observations or experiments that Darwin actually did or would have done when he was a boy.

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Join the Darwin Debate

The Open University take things further with expert articles, experiments and online discussions

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Teachers TV

Browse a range of programmes, part-funded by the Wellcome Trust, on how to teach evolution and Darwin-related topics, including a documentary series on human evolution and a new 'School Matters', exploring the teaching of evolution and creationism.

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The Art of Darwin

Explore how Darwin and his work has inspired artists and writers over the last 200 years, and continues to influence the arts today.

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Ask a Biologist

If you have any questions about evolution ask a biologist.

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Darwin Animation

An animation to illustrate the importance of Darwin's Landscape Laboratory by local year 9 students from Wilsons School in Sutton.

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Evolution Clips

BBC Learning Zone - short video clips for teaching evolution and related topics.

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Teaching Darwin

Browse the American Museum of Natural History's online educator's guide about Darwin.

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