Life cycles

Key stage 2


A day’s programme does not necessarily include all the listed activities and can be adapted to suit individual needs and requirements. Normally we fit in three to five activities during your visit.

Activities Learning objective: the children should learn...
Seed survival about the life-cycle of a seed by playing an interactive game
Parts of a flower identify and understand the function of the parts of a flower
Bee game about the role of the bee in pollination
Bird’s breakfast to identify a variety of fruits and seeds
Seed dispersal through drama that there are a range of methods in which plants disperse seeds
Decay game about the decomposition of plants and the recycling of nutrients through an interactive game
Leaf slides to carefully observe the composition of leaves
Light meters about the effect light has on the growth of plants
Butterfly survival about the life-cycle of a butterfly by playing an interactive game
Frog survival about the life-cycle of a frog by playing an interactive game
Pond dipping to observe the variety of aquatic life found in ponds and to use classification keys to identify some of the animals found
Session times

10am to 2.30pm
with a break for a picnic lunch at 12pm in or near the Education Centre.

Suggested pre-visit activities
  • Look at a collection of fruits and seeds such as apple, cherry, avocado
  • Discuss which fruits and seeds provide food for humans and and/or other animals
Suggested post-visit activities
  • Look at a variety of seeds and how they are dispersed
  • Grow new plants from different parts of a plant such as seeds, stem and root cuttings, tubers and bulbs
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