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KS2 - Year 5 - Living things and their habitats

Amphibian life cyclesFree! 

Outstanding Science Year 5 - Living things and their habitats | OS5A002

Children learn about the life cycles of 3 different amphibians - frogs, salamanders and axolotls. They create 3 life cycle diagrams, adding their own explanations and diagrams or cutting and pasting those provided. They compare the life cycles of these amphibians.

  • 5a1: describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
I can compare the life cycles of different amphibians.
Outstanding Science Year 5 - Living things and their habitats | Amphibian life cycles

Mammal life cycles 

Outstanding Science Year 5 - Living things and their habitats | OS5A001

Children learn about the life cycles of 3 different mammals - the human, the kangaroo, and the platypus. They create a life cycle diagram for each mammal, writing their own descriptions and either cutting and pasting pictures or drawing their own. They discuss similarities and differences between the life cycles of these mammals.

  • 5a1: describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
I can compare the life cycles of different mammals.
Outstanding Science Year 5 - Living things and their habitats | Mammal life cycles

Insect life cycles 

Outstanding Science Year 5 - Living things and their habitats | OS5A003

Children learn about the lifecycle of the butterfly and two different species of bee - the honey bee and the mason bee. They create 3 life cycle diagrams, one for each insect, and compare them.

  • 5a1: describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
I can compare the life cycles of different insects.
Outstanding Science Year 5 - Living things and their habitats | Insect life cycles

Bird life cycles 

Outstanding Science Year 5 - Living things and their habitats | OS5A004

Children learn about the life cycles of the chicken and the common cuckoo. They create two life cycle diagrams, describing each stage in their own words, and compare them.

  • 5a1: describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
I can compare the life cycles of different birds.
Outstanding Science Year 5 - Living things and their habitats | Bird life cycles

Comparing animal life cycles 

Outstanding Science Year 5 - Living things and their habitats | OS5A005

Through a 2-player game, children explore different ways of sorting animals according to their life cycles. Using 9 challenge cards containing descriptions such as 'undergo metamorphosis' and 'are eusocial', children sort 10 different animals. They discuss which grouping was most difficult and attempt to create their own challenge cards.

  • 5a1: describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
I can compare the life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds.
Outstanding Science Year 5 - Living things and their habitats | Comparing animal life cycles

Flowering plant reproduction 

Outstanding Science Year 5 - Living things and their habitats | OS5A006

Children learn about the purpose of a flower and its basic structures, including petal, anther, sepal, carpel, stigma, style, ovary, pollen grain, pollen tube and ovule. They label a diagram of a flower and carpel and complete an explanation text showing how flowering plants reproduce.

  • 5a2: describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
I can describe how flowering plants reproduce.
Outstanding Science Year 5 - Living things and their habitats | Flowering plant reproduction

Investigating vegetative reproduction 

Outstanding Science Year 5 - Living things and their habitats | OS5A007

Children learn that, unlike animals, pieces broken off from plants can grow into another individual organism. They learn that this is used by farmers to create many crops with identical characteristics (such as planting potato tubers). By cutting up a plant such as a potato or tomato plant, children investigate which parts will grow into a new individual.

  • 5a2: describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
I can investigate whether a new plant will grow from cuttings.
Outstanding Science Year 5 - Living things and their habitats | Investigating vegetative reproduction

Animal reproduction 

Outstanding Science Year 5 - Living things and their habitats | OS5A008

Children learn that animals reproduce sexually and each individual has a male and a female parent from which they inherit various traits. Children explain the process of animal reproduction, including the stages of sperm and egg production, mating, fertilisation, and the growth of a zygote into an embryo.

  • 5a2: describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
I can explain how animals reproduce sexually.
Outstanding Science Year 5 - Living things and their habitats | Animal reproduction