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Life Cycles

EYFS, KS 1, 2. Early Years, First, Second Stage. Ages 3 - 11.

DURATION: 45 mins - 55 mins

OVERVIEW: Designed to complement the curriculum topics of Animals including humans and Living things and their habitats, this workshop uses ZooLab animals to discuss new life, growth, reproduction and ageing.

There’s a particular focus on the metamorphosis of a butterfly and the various stages of its development.

Some key vocabulary is introduced including ‘metamorphosis’, ‘larva’, ‘chrysalis’, ‘adult’ and ‘reproduce’.

Key Workshop Objectives:

  • Examine the life-cycles
    of animals, from eggs
    and birth to adulthood

  • Discuss human life cycle
    and how it translates to
    other animals

  • Establish how many
    animals are egg-layers

  • Explore animal growth
    and human growth.

  • Explain the metamorphosis
    of frogs and butterflies

  • Define pros and cons
    of live-birth vs egg laying.

Includes:

Free Printable Resources

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Animals often used in this workshop:

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Entertainment

Animal requests will be accommodated where possible. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee attendance.

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Life cycle of a butterfly

A life cycle is defined as the developmental stages that occur during an organism’s lifetime. Butterflies have four life stages;

  • The Egg

  • The larva (caterpillar)

  • The pupa (chrysalis)

  • The adult butterfly

What is a life cycle?

A life cycle shows the different stages of development for a living thing! From the moment we’re born to the moment we die, we are in a life cycle. From infancy, every living thing on earth grows, slowly going through stages before reaching adulthood and eventually dying. It’s this journey we call a life cycle.

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