The Charles Darwin Trust

Darwin Inspired

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

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1074914)

Check mark Match funded

Amount raised

£9,788

Donations

4

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    Helping

Location

  • A wonderful opportunity to engage in cross-curricular learning making links in a variety of subject areas - if only every day was like this.

    — Primary teacher after a Darwin Inspired day

  • 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.

    — 12 year-old student

  • Knowing more about Darwin as a person, it is easier now for me to describe his ideas and ways of working.

    — Secondary teacher leader for science

Situation

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.

Solution

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.