Castle Primary School

'Adventure Together; Learn Forever'

"Pupils enjoy coming to school. They feel well cared for and they want to achieve well." OFSTED report, 2017

Year 5/6 CH

Autumn Term Topic: Darwin and the Voyage of the HMS Beagle

Narrative Map & Sentence Stacking Wall

History, pupils have been researching Darwin's inventory for his voyage on the HMS Beagle and considering the similarities and differences in what they might pick for themselves in the modern day

Geography, mapping Darwin's five-year voyage using our new knowledge of Latitude and Longitude has given us the wider context for more specific case studies ahead

Science & Art, the pupils have been dissecting gladioli and labelling the parts of the flower to deepen our understanding of reproduction in flowering plants. We then used this knowledge to support our pencil sketch botanic illustrations, an approach Darwin and many other naturalists practiced in their observations of the natural world.

Art, Science & History, Darwin amassed a vast collection of specimens and fossils during his five-year voyage on the HMS Beagle. The pupils have used this research to create some fossilised tiles of their own. A range of materials have helped to create a 3D effect and we have decided to use bold colour schemes to make their designs stand out.

Science, Clippy Island Investigation. With a focus on adaption and variation in species the class have conducted an investigation into the fiction 'springbeaks'. How beak size and adverse weather events impact the survival of different variations within a species. Will the big or small beaks be able to collect enough food to not just survive but thrive?