In Lifecycles pupils will explore how a variety of different animals, grow, develop and produce offspring. Delivered in our new immersive Butterfly House, activities include using costumes and role play to create and act out a butterfly lifecycle, as well as touching real animal artefacts. The children will reinforce their learning by searching the Butterfly house for the different stages of a Butterflies lifecycle with a Discovery & Learning Officer.

EYFS Lifecycles Butterfly House
EYFS Lifecycles Butterfly House


Age group:  EYFS
Duration: 30 minutes
Capacity: 35 pupils
Location: Butterfly House

Early Years Framework links:
Communication and Language

• Children listen attentively in a range of situations
• Respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions and actions
• Answer why and how questions

Understanding the world
• Talk about some of the things they have observed
• Develop an understanding of growth, decay and change
• Show care and concern for living things and the environment

Intended learning outcomes:

Pupils will be able to:
• Select pictures in the appropriate order to build the lifecycle of a frog
• Name and act out the stages of a butterfly lifecycle
• Find and name the different stages of the butterflies lifecycle in the Butterfly house

For this session:

Before your visit:
• Explore your schools outdoor area and see if you can find any butterflies or caterpillars. Take photographs and create a lifecycle display.
• Watch the videos at the links below to learn about the stages of a butterfly lifecycle: 

While at the Zoo:
• Use the Pre visit worksheet to encourage students to draw each stage of a butterfly lifecycle: link here for pre-visit resource which is attached in email
• 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
• Visit the Asian Elephants and see if you can spot the herds youngest and oldest members.

After your visit:
• Match pictures of baby Zoo animals to the corresponding pictures of adult Zoo animals. Discuss the similarities and differences between the different animal babies, and between the babies and the adults. Do they hatch from eggs or are they born live? Do they look the same or different when they grow up? Can the adults and the babies do all the same things?

Session resources

A downloadable resource to support your students learning before, during and after their visit.

PDF icon Downloadable resources for EYFS Lifecycles (416.34 KB)