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Darwin's Delights (Spring 2)

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Ship Ahoy! We’re off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his crew on HMS Beagle. Stop at the magical Galapagos Islands to see the amazing species that helped Darwin develop his theory of evolution by natural selection.

 

Do you know what’s so special about a lava lizard or why the blue-footed booby has blue feet?

How have animals adapted to their environment over time and how might humans evolve in millions of years?

Ready to trace the origins of species? Let’s set sail!!

Learning So Far:

We have written journal and diary entries as Charles Darwin did during his exploration of countries and islands around the world, including the Galapagos Islands. Our pupils have researched more into these legendary islands, which have been referred to as 'Nature's Playground', and have discovered some of the amazing species that live there. We mapped Darwin's route on the HMS Beagle and investigated different experiments, similar to what Mr Darwin did, including a bird beak investigation (which beak type picks up which seed best?!) and a quadrat observation which included classifying plants found within their chosen area using a classification key.

 

This topic seems to have really captured the imagination of our Y6s and we have had some very mature, scientific discussions. We finished our final day of our Spring term with a debate on whether or not genetic cloning and modification is a positive or a negative thing. A favourite point made, after discussing the likelihood of successful future genetic trials, was that: "Nothing is impossible in this world at the moment. We've got Donald Trump as president(!)"

 

Another great half term 6R. We hope you have a fabulous Easter and come back ready to ace your SATs term!

Genetic Cloning and Engineering Class Debate

Strawberry DNA!

Y6 have looked at what DNA is and how it works in living organisms. In groups, we attempted to extract the DNA of a strawberry following step-by-step instructions. Some groups were more successful than others and some got their hands quite messy! We were looking for white strands to collect from the mixture. Can you see any in our photos?

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