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Year 6 - Evolution: Adaptation & Evolution

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Life on Earth

Plants and animals adapt and grow thanks to some incredible processes - and understanding them is the key to understanding life on earth. It's time to discover how animals reproduce, how plants protect themselves and how living things adapt. 

When the whales walked : and other incredible evolutionary journeys

The history of Planet Earth is filled with incredible stories. Step back in time to discover how crocodiles were once warm-blooded and how snakes had legs and burrowed underground.

Evolution and classification

Evolution and classification are brilliant things to study scientifically. Plants, humans and other animals have incredible adaptations that mean they can survive in their habitats on Earth.


Our world is incredibly diverse, and plants and animals must adapt in order to survive. This book will teach readers how adaptation works, why living things must adapt, and how a changing world makes adaptation more necessary than ever.


What do plants need to grow? How do plants make seeds? Can plants defend themselves? Learn about plants, including the adaptations they make to survive in a variety of habitats.

Natural Selection

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Charles Darwin, an English naturalist, proposed a theory of evolution, stating that evolution happens by natural selection. Natural selection is the process where organisms with favourable traits are more likely to survive and reproduce. In doing so, they pass on these traits to the next generation. Over time, this process allows organisms to adapt or evolve to their environment. 

Adaptation & Evolution

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Adaptation is the evolutionary process where an organism becomes better suited to its habitat. When people speak about adaptation, they often mean a 'feature' (a trait) which helps an animal or plant survive. During adaptation, adaptive traits are developed which enable or increase the chances of survival and reproduction. This process takes place over many generations. 

Can you survive extinction?

Can you survive extinction? Play in a 360° environment as a prehistoric animal of your choice! Your goal is to evolve to your present-day descendent. For example, evolve from a tetrapod to a snake.

This is a challenging game as you need to make choices using knowledge of your environment, predators and traits of your chosen prehistoric animal.

Who else came up with the theory of Natural Selection too?

Alfred Russel Wallace was a British naturalist, explorer, biologist and social activist. Like Charles Darwin, he came up with the theory of natural selection. The theory was published in 1858 together with Charles Darwin's idea.