1. Why are animal life cycles important to us?

1. Why are animal life cycles important to us??

Todays learning: (WALT)

  • Explain 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

Lesson Activities / Tasks

  • VIDEO: Why are animal life cycles important to us?'
  • Video Dialog:
    • Animal life cycles are very important to farmers and us for food.
    • Farmers have to breed their animals to get baby animals....
    •  either so the mother produces milk like dairy cows,
    • or the babies grow up to produce meat like sheep, pigs or beef cows
    • or the adults can be shorn for wool like sheep.
    • Even poultry with, which don't have to be mated to produce eggs, laying eggs is still part of their life cycle
    • Animals life cycles are effected by the seasons - sheep will only breed in the Autumn and so have their lambs in the spring.
    • Cattle and pigs are less effected by the seasons but can be affected by very hot or cold weather
    • The adult animals can only produce so many babies before they become too old or get ill and cannot reproduce any more.
    • So as well as producing food from their animals,  farmers must keep some as replacement mothers and fathers.
    • To produce us food cheaply and efficiently a farmer aims to produce lots of milk and meat as cheaply as possible.
    • To do this he keeps the best animals for replacement mums and dads.
  • Complete first section of pupil work book

  • Plenary
  • Do quiz for relevant section in pupils workbook


Outcomes: (WILF)

  • Describe the life cycle of some animals and how one animal changes as it grows e.g. lamb to adult sheep
  • Explain how animal life cycles contribute to food production.

Teaching notes:


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