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Life Cycles

EYFS, KS 1, 2. Early Years, First, Second Stage. 

Ages 3 - 11

DURATION: 45 mins - 55 mins

OVERVIEW: This workshop uses ZooLab animals to discuss new life, growth, reproduction and ageing as we follow several different animal life cycles.

Designed to complement the curriculum topics of Animals including humans and Living things and their habitats, 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’.

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Learning Outcomes

  • All children will understand that animals have babies, which grow into adults.

  • Most children will understand that lifecycles vary between animals and be able to explain some.

  • Some children will be able to explain that reproduction produces offspring and these offspring usually vary from their parents.

You'll get to meet some of these animals:

Free Printable Resources with every workshop

Free printable educational resource pack
Free printable educational resource pack

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.


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

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