Science KS1: Animal life cycles

This video gives pupils an understanding of what life cycles are and how animals change over time.

The video explores common animal life cycles and shows how the ‘circle of life’ operates in nature.

It also looks at life cycle stages and how animals change and develop as they move through these life cycles.

Teacher Notes

This video is an ideal tool to help pupils to explore what an animal life cycle is and how these change over the course of an animals life.

From this video, pupils can explore and develop their own animal life cycle ideas to show local animals and how they change over time.

Pupils can also use the video as a discussion tool to explore what changes in animals over time and why they think this happens.

Points for discussion:
· What is a life cycle?
· Can you describe the life cycle of a butterfly?
· Can you describe the life cycle of a frog?
· Can you talk about our own life cycle?
· Do plants have life cycles?

Suggested activities:
Following use of the video, teachers can work with the pupils to explore animal life cycles in their own local area.

Pupils can carry out investigations, making predictions as to how they think life cycles change and how they think animals change over time.

Pupils can also work out how long they think life cycles take to complete and how these are different for different species.

Can they compare, for example, the life cycle of a frog to that of a human or a butterfly.

Can pupils develop their own life cycle plans for animals using photographs, sketches and research to describe what happens at each stage.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is relevant for teaching Science at KS1 in England and Wales, Foundation and KS1 in Northern Ireland and Early and 1st Level in Scotland.

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The human body
Keeping my body healthy
The food chain
Conductors and insulators
The plant life cycle
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