Key Stages Three and Four
Working scientifically and building on the existing knowledge and understanding of students is fundamental to the lessons delivered by Everything Dinosaur when teaching Year 7 and upwards. The fossil workshops cover such subjects as evolution, natural selection, geological deep time and extinction. Investigations carried out aim to demonstrate how science works and show the importance of experimental evidence in supporting theories and ideas.
Students will be challenged to make connections and to explore assumptions, working scientifically to interpret observations and data.
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Fundamentally, we try to enthuse, motivate, excite and get across the principle that in science everyone can contribute and within palaeontology there are a vast number of career paths to consider. Earth science topics are explored in an engaging way, higher order thinking skills are encouraged with students asked to analyse, synthesize and evaluate ideas related to evolution and extinction events. Working scientifically students are challenged to look at issues related to evolution from different perspectives and to examine the difference between theories and a theorem.
Working objectively to investigate evidence and ideas, pupils make predictions using their scientific knowledge. Students are encouraged to think about the advantages and drawbacks of developments in genetics and environmental research and to consider the reasons for different viewpoints.