St John’s Inspire Programme for Years 10 & 11: Class 1

Dear Year 10 and 11 pupils,

We hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season and New Year’s! We’re excited to welcome you back to the Year 10 and 11 Inspire Programme with the first class materials. Today we are excited to release the first class materials for our Year 10 and 11 Inspire Programme.

This year we’re considering the question “Why does evolution matter?” In our first class of the year, we begin by looking at evolution from the traditional Darwinian perspective. We discuss what is meant by the terms ‘evolution’ and ‘natural selection’, and look at how these processes can be observed in genetics, viruses, humans and other mammals. We also consider fossil records as a means to trace evolutionary developments from long ago in the Earth’s history. There are three competitions in this class you can get involved in – make sure to submit your entry by the competition deadline to be in for a chance at winning a prize!

Click here for the Class PDF!


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We’ll see you again in February! If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Inspire team at