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Science - Y5 w/c 18th May

Our first science topic this term is

‘Living Things and their Habitats’

Within this topic we take a look at all kinds of living things, but specifically plants and creatures that undergo metamorphosis.

Please complete the tasks below in order. Complete one per week and spend about 40 minutes working on it. 

1. Parts of a Flower

  1. Create a diagram, correctly labelling the parts of a flower.
  2. There are some resources on Google Classroom to help you with this or you could research the parts yourself.
  3. Feeling adventurous? Find a real flower (with your parent’s permission and supervision) and ‘dissect’ it to find the parts.
  4. Could you find a way of labelling the actual flower?

2. Pollination

  1. This activity links to your first task that looks at the parts of a flower.
  2. Carry out some research into the pollination process. What is pollination? What role do bees play?
  3. If you like, you could extend your research further and look at the importance of bees. Why are they essential? How is honey made?
  4. Present your findings however you like, this could be a presentation, poster, leaflet etc.

3. Life Cycles

  1. Hopefully you already know what a lifecycle is from last year. We would like you to draw a life cycle of a flowering plant and a life cycle of a non-flowering plant.
  2. If you don’t want to do this from scratch, templates have been uploaded onto Google Classroom.
  3. Think carefully about the two lifecycles. What are the similarities? What are the differences? Why do some plants have flowers and others don’t?


4. Metamorphosis

  1. Carry out some research into metamorphosis. What is this process? What is complete metamorphosis? What is incomplete metamorphosis?
  2. Compare the life cycles of a frog and of a butterfly. What are the similarities? What are the differences?
  3. Resources to help you with this can be found on the Google Classroom.

5. Life Cycles 2

  1. Research the lifecycles of an amphibian, reptile, fish, mammal and insect of your choosing.
  2. Present each of these in an interesting and exciting way. What do you notice? Which of these go through the metamorphosis process? What similarities and differences do you notice? Did any of these life cycles surprise you?


6. Classification Key

  1. Classification keys use ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answer questions to help scientists to classify living things. If you search the internet for ‘classification keys’ there are plenty of examples to help you.
  2. Please create your own classification key to sort at least four different living things e.g. a butterfly, a frog, a dog and a fish.
  3. Could you include some living things that go through metamorphosis? An example has been uploaded to Google Classroom to help you.

7. Characteristics of Living Things

  1. How can you tell something is alive?
  2. Any living thing should meet seven main criteria. Each letter in the acronym MRS NERG stands for one of these criteria.
  3. Can you find out what each of these is and create a poster to show this. Hint: one of the ‘R’s stands for respiration.