Fossils and more – making science real with @juleslhoward by @mrs_b_tjs

Studying the formation of fossils

Last week we had a visit from the exciting Jules Howard – a zoologist who came to teach us all about evolution and inheritance, who, in his own words, studies a lot about death! This of course grabbed the attention of many of the children immediately!

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His website is here: https://www.juleshoward.co.uk/

We were really impressed by his straight talking, simple explanation of what evolution was and how inheritance worked – the fact that we are now in a world full of things that got very good at not dying is something all the kids remember, and can add further explanation to – regardless of ability. I was also very impressed with the presence of a stegosaurus plate and megalodon teeth! He related complex scientific ideas to realistic things that the children understand, linking back to the web of life and their previous learning. All three classes very much enjoyed their

workshops.

“Amazing – because you are learning about what happened before we were here. It was fascinating to learn how much we know from just a couple of fossils.” Lowenna – yr 6

“I liked it because he had so many fossils and they were very interesting; I liked finding out about the past.” Elliot – yr 6

This week we have continued on from his introduction and studied the formation of fossils, and begun to think about how they are useful. I was impressed with how much knowledge they retained, but also their enthusiasm and the quality of the work they produced having had an exciting introduction. They also began to make links between the workshop and the lesson. Here are some examples of our work from the lesson:

   

Thanks for a very interesting introduction to a fascinating topic Jules!


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