Investigating Life Cycles

This morning in science we were learning about the life cycles of different animals: mammals, amphibians, birds, insects and reptiles. Seriously good discussion, questions and use of prior knowledge from all children. Thrilled with the vocabulary the children were using, ‘evolution’, ‘genes’, ‘egg’, and ‘develop’ to name a few, and the quality of their explanations.

We popped up to the science garden to have a look in our solitary bee hive, where we have a few bee larvae developing. It was great to look through the viewing window and see how the bee has made her individual chambers for each egg. While we were up by the pond, it would have been rude not to check out our developing frogs during this lesson, so we spent some time watching our little friends!

We also remembered it had been exactly a week since we filled up the pond. We needed to do this as so much water had evaporated, leaving the concentration of potentially harmful chemicals higher than normal. The weather has continued to be warm, so we took a ruler with us and measured how much water had evaporated in just 7 days – a whopping 3.5cm!

Back in class, the children drew examples of the life cycles of a range of animals, with great accuracy! So proud of these boys and girls, they are incredible scientists.

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