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:

Until July 2022: refundable £35 deposit
From Sept 2022: £10

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 workshop be on?

    The workshop 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 workshop.

    Recommended requirements:

    • A webcam and microphone so the presenter can communicate directly with the class.

    What happens when I book a workshop?

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

    When we have taken your details you will be emailed a unique link to pay your £35 deposit. If we don't receive this payment within 48 hours the booking will be cancelled.

    When we have received payment of the deposit, 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 workshop
    • A session outline
    • Materials to be printed and used during the workshop
    • Contact information if you have any questions

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

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

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

    For each workshop, 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 workshop is booked.

    Unfortunately, these workshops 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 workshop.
    • A unique password protected link will be sent to you to join the workshop.
    • The teacher will remain in the room throughout the duration of the workshop.
    • For more details, please download our online safeguarding statement (PDF 117KB).

    When will I get my deposit back?

    We will process your refund once you have attended the workshop. This can take 3 - 5 working days to be refunded.

    What happens to my data?

    No videos or photos will be taken of the workshop. 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 2022, during school term times. It is for Year Six (ages 10-11).

Until July 2022, this workshop is free. A deposit of £35 must be paid upon booking to secure the workshop time and will be refunded after you have attended the workshop.

From September 2022, the workshop will cost £10.

Dates and Times

The workshop runs at 10am and 1.30pm on certain weekdays. 

Dates for the Autumn term are shown below.  Please note, these dates are not live and you will need to contact us for availability. For remaining Summer term dates, please contact the booking office.

To check availability and to book, call 020 7942 5555. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9.00 - 17.00.

Event dates
21 September 2022 10.00-10.45, 13.30-14.15
27 September 2022 10.00-10.45, 13.30-14.15
28 September 2022 10.00-10.45, 13.30-14.15
5 October 2022 10.00-10.45, 13.30-14.15
12 October 2022 10.00-10.45, 13.30-14.15
18 October 2022 10.00-10.45, 13.30-14.15
19 October 2022 10.00-10.45, 13.30-14.15
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