Darwin's Ways of Working

These are what we have identified as Darwin's Ways of Working, which we use to frame Darwin Inspired Learning:

  • Close daily engagement with the natural world on his Beagle voyage, in Britain and especially in the countryside at Downe
  • Walking the Thinking Path.
  • Raising and solving problems through observation, questioning, argument and collaboration with others
  • Investigating using experimentation usually making all his own equipment from everyday materials
  • Building and using models to explain natural phenomena such as the ejection of orchid pollen
  • Collecting written records of evidence and ideas in  themed notebooks
  • Reflection on evidence and ideas and building of theories
  • Collaboration with others through letters and face- to -face to make sense of data and find new avenues for investigation.
  • Collecting and comparing organisms, objects and habitats
  • Classifying objects organisms and habitats and seeking to describe patterns
  • Close observation of the natural world as it changes through time

See also Darwin's Big Ideas.