Science KS2 / KS3: The life cycles of different organisms

This clip explore the life cycles of various organisms using amazing wildlife footage and simple summary graphics.

First, we visit the arctic fox in its natural habitat and see fox cubs learning to catch prey.

We also look at plants and the Alsomitra vine.

From here we move onto two examples of metamorphosis - a butterfly and a frog - and finally we see the life cycles of a bird and a human.

This clip is from the series Life Lessons.

Teacher Notes

Start a lesson with this clip as an introduction into the wide variety of life cycles on our planet.

Pupils could list the different organisms shown leading into a discussion about differences between life cycles and how they are not all the same.

The clip could be paused during the graphics to allow the teacher to discuss the life cycle further and get any suggestions from the pupils about which other organisms may have the same lifecycle as the one just shown.

The human life cycle is last, we see clips of the different stages in the life cycle of a human.

The teacher could then ask the students what they think the life cycle of a human is.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching science at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or Second/Third Level in Scotland.

More from Life Lessons:

How animals have adapted
Classification of organisms
How plants and animals reproduce
Food chains and food webs in animals
The connections within ecosystems
Human impact on the environment