In Lifecycles students will explore how a variety of different animals, grow, develop and produce offspring. Students will consider their own lifecycle before going on to compare the lifecycles of a variety of different animals. Using costumes and role play students will create and act out a butterfly lifecycle, before being led on a tour of our butterfly house where your students will have the chance to reinforce their learning by searching for the real life stages of a butterfly lifecycle.

Age: KS1 (5-7 years) Duration: 30 minutes Capacity: 35 students Outdoor Session

Butterfly on flowers in the Butterfly Paradise exhibit.

Intended learning outcomes:

Pupils will be able to:

  • select pictures in the appropriate order to build the lifecycles for humans, frogs and butterflies using materials provided
  • act out the stage of a butterfly lifecycle
  • work as a group to organise images of different animals into the correct lifecycle sequence

National Curriculum links:

KS1 Science Animals, including humans identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals (Year 1)
notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults (Year 2)
Living things and their habitats identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats (Year 2)

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