Taking Darwin's life story as a starting point, his home and his work as an inspiration, helping students and teachers see and learn about the natural world, through their own experience
It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1074914)
A wonderful opportunity to engage in cross-curricular learning making links in a variety of subject areas - if only every day was like this.
Darwin wasn't told what to do by a teacher, he had to figure it out for himself, he had to decide how to do his experiment.
Knowing more about Darwin as a person, it is easier now for me to describe his ideas and ways of working.
Students infrequently learn science while in their local environment. They rarely have the opportunity to experience the wonder of seeing and making sense of their world, a discipline at the heart of scientific enquiry. Teachers find it difficult to take their classes outdoors because of fears about health and safety, lack of confidence to teach outside the classroom, curriculum accountability, lack of resources and support.
Programme modules at Down House, Darwin's home, will inspire students and teachers who can then apply what they have learnt back in their schools. We will work with clusters of schools predominantly in urban areas that often have fewer opportunities to learn outside the classroom. We will help students to find excitement and discovery where they might least expect it. We will support teachers beyond the day at Down House and provide Darwin Inspired teaching materials, both on and off line.
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