Evolution Revolution

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Cost: £75

Duration: 120 Minutes

Subject: Science

Numbers: 25 max.

Level: KS4

Adults: One adult per 15 students

Session Summary

The theory of evolution has revolutionised the way we think about the natural world. This hands on workshop encompasses the historical context to Darwin, the development of his theory and explores the different types of evidence for evolution. Students will decide for themselves whether the evidence supports Darwin’s or Lamarck’s differing theories of evolution. Students will present their group’s findings and justifying their conclusions. They will also investigate natural selection, the mechanism by which evolution occurs, through a quick-paced interactive game ‘Clippy Island‘. The sessions concludes with topical examples of evolution emphasising the modern day significance of this theory to scientists around the world.

This session is delivered by a current PhD researcher from the University of Manchester allowing pupils to also find out more about university life.

Session Outcomes

Pupils will:

  • Consider how living things have changed over time from single cells to complex organisms
  • Use different types of evidence to justify a hypothesis
  • Using gallery displays to gather information independently
  • Interpret different types of evidence (e.g. fossil record, anatomical similarities and geographical distribution of species)
  • Handle and use the Museums diverse collection as a research tool
  • Develop close observational skills by examining specimens carefully and identifying specific features
  • Work in small groups to solve a task
  • Present their ideas to the rest of the class
  • Decide whether the evidence supports Darwin’s or Lamarck’s differing theories of evolution
  • Explain and justify their conclusions
  • Understand that natural selection is the main mechanism which drives evolution through participation in a quick-paced interactive game
  • Gain an appreciation that all life on earth is connected
  • Be encouraged to consider the relevance of evolution to current day science research

Gallery Time

During this workshop students will visit our Fossil gallery.

If you are planning to spend time exploring other galleries at the Museum either before or after your session please tell us this when you complete our “Make a Booking” form, below.

Make a Booking

If you are unsure whether this session would be suitable for your group, please speak with our bookings coordinator on 0161 275 2630 or email school.bookings@manchester.ac.uk



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