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    Year 6 Evolution and Inheritance: Natural Selection


    One of the changes to KS2 science is the introduction of an entirely new subject: evolution. In this lesson, pupils learn about how the fossil record allows us to see how living things have changed over millions of years. Pupils will find out about how evolution occurs via natural selection and investigate some adaptations in animals and plants. This lesson may be preceded by Evolution and Inheritance: Inheritance.

    Teachers may want to take advantage of the many elegant and colourful explanations of evolution on screen, such as in Richard Dawkins' series The Genius of Charles Darwin or in Carl Sagan's series Cosmos (Episode 2: One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue).

    Pupils will learn:

    • That animals and plants have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things from Earth’s past.
    • How to identify adaptations in living things and see that adaptation may lead to evolution.

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