National Curriculum Links

In addition to exposure to scientific terminology and an encouragement to think scientifically, the workshops also address specific requirements of the National Curriculum.

“Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents.”

“Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.”

"Give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics"

Eye Colour

We live in a world where eyes come a range of colours from piercing blue to deepest brown. But it wasn’t always so. This workshop charts our journey out of Africa and into modern day Europe, looking at the changes wrought in our appearance along the way. 

Highly interactive.  Includes DNA extraction.  Suitable for years 5, 6 and 7.

Plant Variation

The humble pea plant and the brains of Gregor Mendel were the foundation of our understanding of genetic variation. 

This workshop looks at the variety of plant life and how reproduction and adaptation have aided this process.  

Highly interactive.  Includes DNA extraction.  Suitable for years 5, 6 and 7.

Classification

With over 8 million species of plant, animal and bacteria, science needs a method for classifying them all into groups. Their solution is called binomial nomenclature.  But how,  why and who cares anyway?

This interactive workshop looks at exactly how the naming system works, why scientists use it and its significance for future discovery.

Suitable for years 5, 6 and 7.

Pricing

Workshops run for approximately 60 minutes and are charged at £100 (plus travel for groups located further than 30 miles from Swindon).

The Schools Package is priced at £350 per day and can include up to 4 workshops and an assembly (travel costs apply as above).

Testimonials

Here are a few of the things people have said about the Dinky Amigos workshops.
Dinky Amigos Evolution

It’s great to have the subject taught with so much enthusiasm. Both children and staff have enjoyed it and learnt so much.

Mrs McDonald, Year 6 Teacher, Swindon

Dinky Amigos Evolution

The kids loved it and were engaged. Maybe add a little quiz as a plenary

Miss Kaur, Year 6 Teacher, Birmingham

Dinky Amigos Evolution

This was fantastic – we have all learnt lots and thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you.

Mrs Card, Year 6 Teacher, Royal Wootton Bassett

Dinky Amigos Evolution

The children were engaged and asked questions directly linked to the teaching. They also asked questions which showed they had applied what they had learnt to prior understanding. It was really evident that Lisa has an enthusiasm and love of the subject. Thanks for inspiring the children!

Miss Tilling, Year 6 Teacher, Swindon

Dinky Amigos Evolution

She loves it. She’s coming home and telling us all about it, too

Year 6 Mum, Swindon

Dinky Amigos Evolution

I’ve never seen real DNA before but now I want to extract more and look at it under a microscope to compare it to other DNA. I want to find the bit that instructs it to grow juicy and sweet!

Olivia, Year 6 Pupil,  Swindon

Dinky Amigos Evolution

My favourite part was when we got to squash a strawberry and extract the DNA. I felt like a proper scientist!

Steven, Year 6 Pupil,  Birmingham

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