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Daring Discoveries

Charles Darwin was a famous scientist and explorer. His ideas and discoveries influence the way we think about the world today. Through the study of the life of Charles Darwin and his discoveries the children will gain a greater understanding of why people choose to explore new environments.


The children will read the story of Charles Darwin’s voyage of discovery on board the HMS Beagle in 1831. They will use a world map and atlases to plot Darwin’s journey from Plymouth to the Galapagos Islands. In addition, they will research his life and how he influenced the way we see the world.


The children will study other famous explorers and discover what amazing ‘finds’ they made during their explorations. They will make their own ‘Daring Discoveries’ when they visit the Conway Centre

Firstly, the children will be exploring plants and animals through studying the habitats and environments. Through their visit to Anglesey, the children will have the opportunity to study a variety of new habitats. They will use identification keys to aid the classification of mini-beasts and will learn how a food chain shows the feeding relationships between some of the animals and plants in a habitat. 


For the second half of the term, electrical study will include the dangers electrical appliances can create as well as ways to stay safe. They will create simple circuits using wires, bulbs, buzzers and batteries and study the effect of adding switches. In addition, they will investigate which materials conduct and insulate electricity.

Useful information

Please ensure your child has an indoor and outdoor kit in school on the appropriate days: Games = Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning.

Maths homework given out on Monday and due in Thursday.
Literacy homework given out on Monday and due in on Thursday.
Spellings given out on Friday and tested on the following Friday.


Please continue to read regularly, practice spellings and times tables. 

Maths areas to be worked on at home: times tables, telling the time and money.

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