Growth and Change Unit Plan

This Biological Sciences unit explores how living things grow and change. Animal offspring (including humans) are compared with their parents and plants are grown from seed in order to observe change over a period of weeks.

It consists of 7 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.

Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to add to a learning portfolio. These can also be used to assess students’ understanding of the unit objectives.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

How Do Living Things Change?

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will activate prior knowledge about how living things change as they grow.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Let's Think Like a Scientist

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will develop an understanding of the procedures scientists use and design one segment of an experiment.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

A-Planting We Will Go!

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will plant seeds following the procedure of the scientific method.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Mothers, Fathers and Babies

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will compare observable features of adults and offspring and identify the proper names of adults and their offspring.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Going Through Stages

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of simple life cycles.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Big Changes!

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will develop their understanding of the concept of metamorphosis.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

This is Your Life

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the stages of the human life cycle.

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Lesson 8 (Assessment) 60 minutes

Changes, Changes Everywhere!

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An assessment task in which students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how living things grow and change.

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National Curriculum in England alignment

Key Stage 1 (KS1) > Science
The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 1 is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. They should be encouraged to be curious and ask questions a...

Key Stage 1 (KS1) > Science > Working scientifically

Key Stage 1 (KS1) > Science > Plants

Key Stage 1 (KS1) > Science > Animals, including humans


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