As part of our continued studies around Darwin and his theories, we took on the role he would have had during his studies and expeditions.

We delved into some of his studies and observations and noted what he would use them for and what he gained from them.

After successfully capturing a number of living organisms from within our school grounds, using our bug traps, we also had the opportunity to observe a number of live and dead specimens: maggots, worms, crickets, locusts, rats and mice.

We studied each specimen and noted our findings, paying particular attention to movement, appearance and comparisons between organisms.

We were impressed with how some of the children faced fears to hold maggots and worms for the first time and also the quality of discussions around the specimens and questions they generated to prompt further research.


NOTE: We used the CLEAPSS website for guidance on health and safety.


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