Science KS1: Plant life cycles

This short film explains how plants change over time, as well as the clever ways they reproduce.

It explores common plant life cycles, showing how a seed becomes a plant and how new seeds are made.

It looks at life cycle stages, explaining how plants change and develop as they move through their life cycle.

Teacher Notes

This short film is an ideal tool to help pupils to explore what a plant life cycle is and how these change over the course of a plants life.

From this film, pupils can explore and develop their own investigations into plant life cycle ideas to show different environmental factors, such as warmth, light and water, can impact on an plants ability to grow and reproduce.

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

Points for discussion:
· What is a life cycle?
· Can you describe the life cycle of a plant?
· How are seeds made?
· What happens to a plant if you give it too much water?
· What happens to a plant if it has no light?
· What happens to a plant if it is in too cold an environment?

Suggested activities:

Pupils could carry out investigations, making predictions as to how they think plant life cycles change based on environmental factors.

Pupils can predict and then investigate how water, light and temperature all impact on plant growth throughout the life cycle.

Can pupils compare the life cycle of a plant to their own life cycle and how these are similar and different?

Pupils can develop life cycle sketches or diagrams to help them to explore this further.

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.

More from this series:

The human body
Keeping my body healthy
Animal life cycles
The food chain
Conductors and insulators
How does sound travel?