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On the Origin of Species

by Sabina Radeva

For most of history, people believed that everything in the world was created at once. But scientists started to challenge that idea and in 1859 Charles Darwin, a naturalist and biologist, wrote On the Origin of Species that revolutionised the way that we have understood evolution ever since.

Scientist and illustrator Sabina Radeva has recreated Darwin’s most famous work with lovely pictures to help pupils learn about evolution. The book draws on Darwin’s observations from his travels around the world and his explanation of how species form, develop, and change over hundreds of thousands of years.

Programme of Study

Year 6 programme of study
Evolution and inheritance

Pupils should be taught to:

  • recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago
  • recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents
  • identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution

Pupils might find out about the work of palaeontologists such as Mary Anning and about how Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace developed their ideas on evolution.

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Myatt & Co Film

Mary Myatt outlines a unit of work in science Y6 for evolution and inheritance.
She underpins the unit with a text which opens up conceptual understanding, tier three vocabulary and opportunities for research.

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