Life Cycles Incursion (P – 4)
Life Cycles Incursion (P – 4)
Theme: Science – Biological Sciences
Level: Prep – 4
In this lively 90-minute incursion, students explore the life cycles of plants and animals to learn more about the ecosystems of the world they live in. Through various hands-on activities, students gain a deeper understanding of the differences between living and nonliving things. Students have the opportunity to set up their own mini-greenhouses and are introduced to different living insects. These activities are the perfect way to introduce biological studies to younger year levels. Our passionate science educators carefully guide students through each activity, prompting students to predict, observe and reflect on each activity.
- Students will explore the life cycles of plants and animals.
- They will set up a variety of mini-greenhouses to further explore growth and change over time.
- Discuss the differences between living and nonliving things;
- Classify plants based on the way they reproduce;
- Investigate different methods of seed dispersal;
- Identify life cycle stages in plants;
- Make several mini green houses to observe how different species emerge from their seeds – ongoing experiment;
- Explore the life cycles of different living insects;
- Observe and discuss differences in life cycle between species.
Victorian Curriculum: Content Descriptions
- People use science in their daily lives. (VCSSU041);
- F-2 Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042);
- F-2 Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043);
- Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events. (VCSIS050);
- Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions. (VCSIS051);
- Use informal measurements in the collection and recording of observations. (VCSIS053);
- Compare observations and predictions with those of others.(VCSIS054);
- Represent and communicate observations and ideas about changes in objects and events in a variety of ways. (VCSIS055);
- 3-4 Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057);
- 3-4 Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058).
Up to 30 students
A minimum booking of 2 x 90-minute workshops is required
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“We were the last session for the day and Lynne was still very enthusiastic. The kids were excited and eager to participate. The session was well organised and there was a mix of hands on and demonstration which helped settle the kids. The bubble activities were great and it was so good to see the kids work well together, ask questions and try different solutions to their problems.”
Berwick Lodge Primary School
“Thank you for a wonderful time. The students were extremely engaged and enjoyed the hands on activities. Olivia has a very calm nature which our students responded very well to. All the teachers from our school agree that the incursion was fantastic. Thank you again!”