All animals, including humans, are born, they get older and bigger and some will go on to have children. In the end, all animals die. We call this a life cycle.

All living things follow a life cycle specific to their species. Some are very short such as a few hours or days while others last for hundreds of years. There is no start or end point, but rather a continuous flow (cycle) that includes fertilisation, birth, growth and reproduction. Some species go through a complete change during their life cycle – think of butterflies and others produce offspring that remain very similar – like us!


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Teacher’s Guides

A Teachers Guide 5 Nature Studies Glossary
A Teachers Guide 15A Teacher’s Guide to Plants

Life cycle Worksheets

Living Things worksheet 028 Introduction to Living Things
Living Things worksheet 029Stag beetle life cycle
Living Things worksheet 030Flower life cycles
Living Things worksheet 031Plant parts and function
Living Things worksheet 032 Plants missing words
Living Things worksheet 035Plant hunt


Living Things worksheet – Introduction to Living Things 028a (answers)
Living Things worksheetStag beetle life cycle 029a (answers)
Living Things worksheetFlower life cycles 030a (answers)
Living Things worksheet Plant parts and function 031a (answers)
Living Things worksheetPlants missing words 032a (answers)
Living Things worksheetPollination True or False 033a (answers)
Living Things worksheet Life cycles quiz True or False 034a (answers)