Evolution and Inheritance

In science this term, we will be exploring how scientists believe life on earth has evolved over millions of years. We will learn about the importance of the fossil record in providing information about life on Earth and also about why there are gaps in the fossil record. We will learn about the work of palaeontologist Mary Anning, about Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution and compare this to the ideas of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck. We will investigate natural selection through a practical investigation. By considering our own families, we will identify how traits can be inherited but that there is also variation.

A visit to the Natural History Museum will support our learning; we will visit the fossil gallery as well as the galleries ‘From the Beginning’ and ‘Human Evolution’.