Darkness Dwellers

A outdoor lesson plan in which primary school pupils imagine the world without any light, drawing inspiration from the natural world.

Years: 3, 6

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 6

Subject: Science

Resource Overview

Children are asked to imagine the world without any light. Drawing from nature for ideas and inspiration, they design ‘stick people’ with special features and powers to live in a world of darkness. The lesson is best done in a woodland or other natural environment, with an optional extension back in the classroom.

With thanks to the Eden Project for allowing us to share their resource. For more equally inspirational lesson plans written by them please visit http://www.edenproject.com/learn/schools/lesson-plans

Resource Assets


Darkness Dwellers Lesson Plan

This lesson enables students to: Explore how nocturnal animals are adapted to live in their dark environment. Consider how humans, in the absence of light, may use their other senses to navigate and understand the world. Demonstrate their learning in their design and creation of a Darkness Dweller.


Darkness Dwellers Inspiration

Imagine a world without any light. What would it be like to live in? Human beings have evolved as hunters in a world of light; we have eyes that look forward, ears at the side of our heads, upright bodies for running with our arms free. If we had evolved to live in the dark, how might our bodies look different and what special abilities might we have evolved?


Safety in Natural Environments

Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 3 (Age 7-8)
    • Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.
    • Find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.
    • Recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object.
    • Recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light.
    • ​Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers.
  • Year 6 (Age 10-11)
    • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.