Let’s talk about evolution – a guide to teaching evolution in primary schools


Complete guide for primary teachers learning and teaching about evolution.



Age Range:

Learners age 8-14


Jo Horlock, Stuart Naylor and Jo Moules


A guide to teaching evolution in primary school. This book and CD-ROM introduce the ideas behind evolution. It is perfect for learners in late primary and early secondary. This pack has engaging activities for learners and detailed teachers notes. There is a chapter with other useful information, such as helpful websites for teaching evolution in primary schools.

Why teaching evolution in primary schools is important

The new primary science curriculum includes the theory of evolution. Evolution is the very slow process of organisms changing form. It happens continuously. The animals and plants learners see today are the result of evolution over billions of years. This pack for teaching evolution in primary schools begins with an introduction to evolution. This introduction explains Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection. It also gives guidance on creationist viewpoints. The book has chapters on: adaptation, struggle for existence, natural selection and evolutionary change. Each chapter has a range of activities for learners. Each activity includes essential information, learning objectives, step-by-step instructions and suggestions for recording evidence of learning. There are ideas for extension activities. The activities uses a wide range of resources available on the CD-ROM. This pack forms our complete guide to teaching evolution in primary schools. It covers all of the evolution topics included in the primary curriculum. Click here to find out why the NSTA Recommends website highly recommends this resource.Check out Charles Darwin and the Theory of Natural Selection, our comic-style book perfect for students who want to learn more about evolution.