Lifecycles

In Lifecycles pupils will explore how a variety of different animals, grow, develop and produce offspring.  Activities include using costumes and role play to create and act out a butterfly lifecycle, as well as touching real animal skins and artefacts. The children will also reinforce their learning by building their own animal lifecycles for these species, using pictures of the different stages of the animals’ development.

Child enjoying education session in the butterfly house.

Age group:  Years 1 and 2 (KS1, Ages 5–7)

Duration: 45 minutes

Capacity: 35 pupils

Learning Space: Activity Den (map ref B6)

 

National Curriculum links:

 

KS1 Science

Year 1 programme of study (2014)

Animals, including humans

Pupils should be taught to:

  • identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals

Year 2 programme of study (2014)

Animals, including humans

Pupils should be taught to:

  • notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults
  • identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals

 

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

Please note that the objects from the natural world that are used in this session are loaned to us by HM Revenue and Customs.

Key words: grow, develop, lifecycle, change, baby, child, teenager, adult, human, frog, butterfly, egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, cocoon, tadpole, frogspawn, froglet, kangaroo, joey, pouch, snake, hatchling, leopard, cub, zebra, foal, skins, costumes, role-play, real, objects, handle, observe

 

For this session

 

Before your visit:

 

While at the Zoo:

  • Use this Zoo Challenge worksheet to encourage pupils to look more carefully at the animals around the Zoo:  Lifecycles pre-visit information sheet (288.03 KB)
  • Make sure you see any young animals or babies that have recently been born at the Zoo. For the latest news on our Zoo animals, and the latest updates about recent births please visit  www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/news
  • Visit Butterfly Paradise to see the adult butterflies and the cocoons waiting to hatch out.
  • Visit the amphibian section of the Reptile House and look into the breeding room where the tadpoles are developing into adult frogs

 

After your visit: