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English - L.O. To make notes about Charles Darwin - The Thinker

Today, you are going to continue to make notes on Charles Darwin.   Read chapter 4 - Darwin the Thinker.  This is the text for Guided Reading.  Add any interesting new fact in you notebook. You also need to answer the first three questions in your notebook.

Remember to list any creepy crawlies that you discovered yesterday when you explored the great outdoors  in your notebook.

Guided Reading - Again, you might want to take turns reading the text with your adult/brother/sister. You need to answer the first three questions in your notebook then discuss the rest of the questions with your adult/brother/sister.

Maths - For the rest of this week and next week, we will be revisiting Multiplication and Division. This is in preparation of our next topic - Time.

L.O. To use multiplication sentences using the x symbol.

History/Geography - Linked to English/Guided Reading and Outdoor activities (Science).

Remind your child that for their Guided Reading work so far this week they have learnt a little information on how Charles Darwin made his voyage across the world on the HMS Beagle.

Tell the children that they are going to go on a journey as Darwin did but first you will look through 'Darwin's voyage' for some more information on the route that he took.  The information that they have learnt so far will also be of great help to them.

The children will appreciate the importance of the voyage that Charles Darwin took. Back then, when you went on a trip all the way around the world, it took a long time. I’m not talking days. It took the HMS Beagle five years to complete its journey.

Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle is famous because it is the journey on which Darwin collected most of the samples, data and observations that led him to compose his theory of natural selection—the driving force behind evolution.

Here's a map to show The voyage of the HMS Beagle:


There are four places to 'visit' on the voyage - England, South America, Galapagos Islands and Australia, one idea could be to have four stations located inside or outside. There are different discoveries to be made at each which are outlined in the 'stations' (attached below). If you don't have access to a printer, just role play each with objects that you can find around your home. During this, your child will map the voyage and key events on each stop of the journey. Please note - Your child does not have to produce a map that is to scale or is too precise. This activity is to develop their concept of place so it should be very pictorial. We have created maps in school before so you could remind of of the maps we made of South Ockendon.

Stations: As the children go around to each station, encourage them to notice how long it took for Darwin to travel from one place to the next and how long he spent at each. They will see some of the evidence that he observed and collected. 

1. England – List differences between dogs. Are pigeons different from each other?

2. South America – Darwin found the bones of the ground sloth and what he thought was an ancient capybara in South America. He asked around, but nobody in South America had ever seen either of those animals alive. What do you think had happened to them.

3. Galapagos Islands - When Darwin reached the Galapagos Islands, he saw many finches. He noticed that they had different-shaped beaks. Why do the different finches have different beak shapes?

4. Australia – Look at two skulls photographed from different angles: 1 = Marsupial wolf 2 = Artic timber wolf How are they similar?

Have fun exploring the outdoors! What plants can you spot? What can they be used for?