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Evolution and Inheritance

This unit builds on the children’s learning from the Year 3 Rocks unit as well as the Animals including Humans and Living Things and their Habitats units. As such, it is important that children have the appropriate understanding of fossils, habitats and human development in order to grasp the concepts and ideas presented to them in these lessons. Children will learn about variation and adaptation. They will be able to explore how both Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace separately developed their theories of evolution. They will examine the scientific evidence from plants and animals that has been gathered to support the theory of evolution.

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Go Online: Adaptations, Inheritance and Evolution -


Watch it: 

- Animal Adaptations -

- The Theory of Evolution (by Natural Selection) explained -

- Living Things Change -


Watch it: Charles Darwin - Evolution and Natural Selection -


Go Online: Activities and information on habitats -


Visit: The Natural History Musuem -


Visit: Horniman Museum and Gardens - Follow their Animal Walk and you’ll see alpacas, goats, guinea pigs, and more, with the chance to get up close. Inside, their excellent little aquarium plays host to shoals of fishes, along with colourful frogs and jellyfish. To top it all off, you can take a stroll through their butterfly house -


Visit: London Wetlands Centre -


Visit: Visit a safari park or zoo to learn more about animal first hand.

London Zoo -

Paradise Wildlife Park -

SEA LIFE London Aquarium -

Woburn Safari Park -

Butterfly Farm -

The Big Cat Sanctuary -

Port Lympne Safari Park -


Research it: Research Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley, Alfred Russel Wallace and Mary Anning.


Play: See a natural selection simulation online in the Evolution Lab.



- Habitats (Moving up with Science) by Peter Riley

- The Story of Life: A First Book about Evolution by Catherine Barr

- Evolution: The Whole Life on Earth Story by Glenn Murphy

- Little Changes by Tiffany Taylor

- When the Whales Walked: And Other Incredible Evolutionary Journeys by Dougal Dixon

- How To Make A Human Out Of Soup by Tracey Turner

- Exploding Ants: Amazing Facts About How Animals Adapt by Joanne Settel

- Extreme Adaptations by Louise Spilsbury

- Moth by Isabel Thomas