Living things and their habitats

Reproduction in plants

Statutory requirements
Pupils should be taught to:
describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and
a bird
describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.

Notes and guidance (non-statutory)
Pupils should study and raise questions about their local environment throughout the
year. They should observe life-cycle changes in a variety of living things, for example,
plants in the vegetable garden or flower border, and animals in the local environment.
They should find out about the work of naturalists and animal behaviourists, for example,
David Attenborough and Jane Goodall.
Pupils should find out about different types of reproduction, including sexual and asexual
reproduction in plants, and sexual reproduction in animals.
Pupils might work scientifically by: observing and comparing the life cycles of plants and
animals in their local environment with other plants and animals around the world (in the
rainforest, in the oceans, in desert areas and in prehistoric times), asking pertinent
questions and suggesting reasons for similarities and differences. They might try to
grow new plants from different parts of the parent plant, for example, seeds, stem and
root cuttings, tubers, bulbs. They might observe changes in an animal over a period of
time (for example, by hatching and rearing chicks), comparing how different animals
reproduce and grow.