Science KS2 / KS3: How plants and animals reproduce

We look at reproduction in various plants and animals using beautiful wildlife footage and summary graphics.

The giant Amazonian water lilly is the first example of reproduction with the fascinating way it traps insects.

We see the reproductive parts of a flower, both male and female, accompanied by a brief description of the function of each.

Moving on to the animal kingdom, an elephant is used as an example of internal fertilisation, followed by some more unusual examples such as a seahorse.

This clip is from the series Life Lessons.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 2

The graphical representations of the parts of a flower could be teamed up with a lesson on dissecting a lily.

Lilies are easy to dissect using scissors or a scalpel if appropriate and the reproductive organs are very clear to see.

For students of higher ability the differences between external and internal fertilisation could be introduced.

This is usually discussed at KS3 but could be suitable for students who are capable of understanding.

Key Stage 3

Suitable for use as a key stage three introduction to internal reproduction and plant reproduction.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching science at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or Second/Third Level in Scotland.