Darwin’s Delights

This term our exciting new topic to introduce the new curriculum is ‘Darwin’s Delights.’

Ship ahoy! We’re off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his crew On HMS Beagle. Can you trace his route across the vast ocean.


In Literacy we will be reading ‘Street Child.’ Set in the second half of the nineteenth century, Street child tells the story of a boy called Jim who, after a series of misfortunes, spends time in the workhouse as a child labourer and lives on the streets. The book is based on the true story of an orphan whose plight inspired Doctor Barnado to try to help street children, and led to the founding of his children’s homes. We will describe settings, characters and atmosphere, integrate dialogue to convey character and advance action. We will learn to use a range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs.


In Maths we will be revising key skills in preparation for our SATS. We will continue to use Effective Maths to learn addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will continue to practise the formal written methods for increasingly large numbers. We will also learn the properties of numbers including multiples, factors, prime numbers, square and cube numbers.


In Science we will research the wide range of investigations that Darwin did at Down House, often with his children’s help. We will work individually, in small groups or as a class to choose one of Darwin’s investigations. We will plan and carry out our own version of the investigation.

Art and Design

In art and design we will work outdoor to sketch plants, flowers and trees, looking carefully to accurately capture their shape, form pattern and colour. We will work in coloured pencil and use lens or digital microscope to examine very fine details.


In Geography we will use physical online maps to plot the route Darwin took on HMS Beagle. We will highlight places he visited, including Cape Verde Islands, the Falkland Islands, the Galàpagos Islands and Ascension Island. We will find the longitude and latitude for each place and explain how it relates to the Equator and the Northern and Southern hemispheres. We will use scaled maps to estimate how far Darwin travelled in total.


Who was Charles Darwin and why was he so important? We will discover where and when he was born, where he lived and what he studied. We will find out how he came to be part of the scientific expedition on HMS Beagle and why it was so significant to his theory of evolution. We will create a timeline to illustrate Darwin’s life up until his death on 19th April 1882.


In computing we will look at diagrams or timelines that describe the evolution of humans, discussing differences between them. We will use morphing software to create a simple animation that shows the evolution of ‘humans’. We will find images of chimps or early humans and save them in a digital folder. We will then take a picture of ourselves in a similar pose and use morphing software to morph the two images.


In PE we will continue with invasion games.