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Our science topic this term is: Evolution and Inheritance

 

We will be learning 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.

 

The children will work scientifically by: observing and raising questions about local animals and how they are adapted to their environment; comparing how some living things are adapted to survive in extreme conditions, for example, cacti, penguins and camels. Alongside this, they will analyse the advantages and disadvantages of specific adaptations, such as being on two feet rather than four, having a long or a short beak, having gills or lungs, tendrils on climbing plants, or brightly coloured and scented flowers.

 

Mary Anning

 

During this unit of science, we will also be looking at the significant work of Mary Anning in the field of fossil collecting and paleontology.

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Challenge!

 

What can you find out about these key scientists who played such an important role in developing theories of evolution and inheritance?

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