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Cotmanhay Junior School

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Circle of life

National curriculum content

  • Describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
  • Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals


Lesson objectives

  • To identify parts of the plant and understand the process of pollination.
  • To understand the difference between asexual and sexual reproduction.
  • To understand the life cycle of a butterfly.
  • To understand the life cycle of a frog.
  • To understand why animals are classed as endangered.


What we want children to know

  • The life cycle of a butterfly
  • The life cycle of a frog
  • The life cycle of a plant
  • The different between asexual and sexual reproduction in plants
  • The reason why animals are endangered


What skills we want children to develop


  • Plan different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary.
  • Take measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate.
  • Use test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests.
  • Report and present findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations.
  • Identify scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.




Asexual reproduction, Bulb, External fertilisation, fertilisation, Gestation, Internal fertilisation, Larva, Metamorphosis, Pollination, Sexual reproduction, Sperm