Life Cycles

We offer a selection of Life Cycle activities for KS2
Choose five from a selection of eight  activities to create a day looking at Plant and Animals life cycles. Each activity is about 30 minutes.

Plant life cycles

  1. Find examples of parts of the plant life cycle. Search around the Botanic Garden for examples of different stages of the flowering plant life cycle sketching examples of a shoot, bud, flower, seeds/fruits
  2. Clay seeds. Each child designs a seed that demonstrates how it will be dispersed. They then make it from clay to take back to school
  3. Helicopter seeds. Make paper helicopter seeds and then test their effectiveness and how they spin outside. For year 5/6 children make different types of helicopter seed models and investigate which one works best
  4. Tree identification. Find six special trees and, using a specially designed booklet, identify them and decide whether the seeds are dispersed by wind, animals or humans
  5. Classification. Collect a selection of leaves and classify them as lobed, entire or compound
  6. Squirrels. Hide raisins around part of the site and later try to find them. Calculate the number lost and link this to how it helps certain plants disperse their seeds

Animal life cycles

  1. Pond dip in our species rich pond and discuss the life-cycles of the animals found. This could include dragon-flies, newts and snails
  2. Hunt for land based mini beasts. These can be identified using our charts and bug pots and magnifiers to look at them closer

Our teacher will deliver a targeted introduction depending on the age of the children and the activities chosen and a plenary drawing together what has been learnt during the day.

  • Age Group: KS2 / KS3
  • Availability: March to October for all activities. November - February activities 1,2,3,6 where 1 is extended to include glasshouses
  • Numbers: One/two classes. Three classes can be accommodated March to October doing activities 1. to 5. above
  • Duration: A 20-30 minute taught introduction followed by 30 minutes for each of the five activities
  • Cost: £4.90 per child (minimum charge £117.60) with no charge for accompanying adults

To book please contact the Botanic Garden Education Office on 0116 271 2933 or email us.