Virtual Evolution Workshop

Event information

Event type: Workshop, streamed

Location: Streamed online via Zoom

Capacity: One class

For Year Six (ages 10-11) only.

This workshop is designed to be run from classrooms and is not currently bookable for pupils learning from home.

Duration: 45-60 minutes

Ticket prices:

£10 per session

For Year Six (ages 10-11) only

This streamed workshop introduces your Year Six class to the concepts that underpin evolution.

Travel through Earth's history searching for evidence of change over time. Your class will complete different challenges in this engaging workshop to look at real world examples and current research, make predictions and test their knowledge on evolution.

This workshop is an ideal introduction to the subject of evolution but is equally useful for reinforcing prior knowledge through interactive and engaging activities. 

Curriculum links: using observations to draw conclusions, finding out how scientists use evidence, making predictions, evolution

Session outline

During the workshop the class will be trained as scientists and they will go on a scientific mission to find out more about evolution. We will look at three questions:

  • To explain what evolution is, we will look at how fossil evidence from the past can show changes in life on Earth over millions of years. To do so, the class will travel back with us on a timeline where we will challenge them to spot different living things and record it on our ‘Evolution of Life’ worksheet.
  • To learn about why evolution happens we will use the example of how horses have evolved. The class will discuss differences between fossils, and they will sort foot bones from different ancient horses to show how adaptations help them survive as the environment changes. The class will be working in teams and you will use an interactive board as a class to arrange the feet.
  • The final section will explore how evolution happens by learning about natural selection. To do so, the class will go on a scientific adventure to a tropical island! We will look at a real example of evolution happening now on the island to a population of lizards, and we will see how changing weather patterns are affecting this population. Your students will look at evidence and make predictions to understand what is happening to the lizards and what could happen to the population in the future.
  • FAQ

    What platform will the session be on?

    The session will run on Zoom.

    What technology will I need?

    Minimum requirements: 

    • Computer or other device that will allow you to connect to video conferencing software over the internet and be able to use the chat box function.
    • A large screen and speakers for the students to see and hear the session.

    Recommended requirements:

    • A webcam and microphone so the presenter can communicate directly with the class. If you don’t have these, we can still run the session with your class.

    What happens when I book a session?

    Please call 020 7942 5555  to book your session. Phone lines are open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.

    When we have received payment, we will send you a Teacher Pack which will contain all the information you will need for the session. 

    This will include:

    • Safeguarding information 
    • The link to join the session
    • A session outline
    • Materials to be printed and used during the session
    • Contact information if you have any questions

    Will be able to test the connection and technology before the session?

    Zoom users can conduct a test call by themselves at if they wish to do so ahead of time.

    There is a 30-minute start time window for you to connect to the session, ask any questions and talk to the presenter before the show starts. A contact number will be provided in your confirmation email to contact us on the day of your session if you have any questions.

    How can the workshop be tailored for students with different access needs?

    Please inform us of any additional needs you might have when booking the show.

    For each session, the following will be included:

    • Closed captions can be used on Zoom.
    • We will have a headphone symbol on the screen to show when loud noises will occur.
    • Word banks will be sent as part of the Teacher Pack when the show is booked.

    Unfortunately, these sessions are not currently suitable for Home Educator groups or schools outside of the UK.

    How will the class ask questions?

    There will be time for questions at the end either written in the chat box or asked by the students via the webcam and microphone.

    What safeguarding measures are in place?

    • All our presenters have enhanced DBS checks.
    • There will only be your class present in the show.
    • A unique password protected link will be sent to you to join the session.
    • The teacher will remain in the room throughout the duration of the show.
    • For more details, please download our online safeguarding statement (PDF 117KB).

    What happens to my data?

    No videos or photos will be taken of the show. For more information please see our Privacy and Personal data policy.

    Contact us

    Please call our bookings team on 020 7942 5555 if you have any further questions.

Booking information

This workshop is bookable for dates up to December 2023, during school term times. The workshop costs £10. 

Please note, the dates listed below are not live and you will need to contact us for availability.

To check availability and to book, call 020 7942 5000. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9.00 - 17.00.

New School Booking Policy

Please be aware that any paid learning sessions for school visits must now be paid by card in full at the time of booking.

  • Date and time of workshop
  • Number of students and adults
  • Address of school including postcode (and country if non-UK)
  • Name of group leader
  • Age range of students

We only accept card payments and no longer take BACS payments for school sessions.

Event dates and times

The workshop runs at 10.00am, 11.00am, and 1.30pm on the weekdays shown below. The duration is 45 - 60 minutes.

June 2023

6, 8, 12, 13, 19, 28, 29

July 2023

3, 4, 10, 19, 20

Sep 2023

11, 12, 14, 15, 20, 21, 25, 26, 29

Oct 2023

2, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 16, 20

Nov 2023

1, 2, 13, 15, 16 ,17, 22, 23 ,27

Dec 2023

1, 4, 7, 8, 13,14, 18, 19, 21