Stage 2: Life Cycles

Stage 2: Life Cycles


All animals have a lifecycle. Students will learn how the features and needs of animals change and develop as they move from stage to stage. They will meet animals with unique lifecycles and investigate how they can help overcome the challenges these species face as they develop and grow, including designing animal habitats in their schools and backyards. 

What's involved

This workshop will be delivered in the Backyard to Bush House at Taronga Zoo Sydney and is also available at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. See below for further information.

At school

Brainstorm living vs. non-living and create your own definition. Draw up a KWL chart on two native living things that you have identified in your school. Make sure at least one is an animal and include anything that living thing needs to survive. Include information about life cycles. 

At the Zoo

Taronga Zoo SydneyTaronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo
Visit the Australian Walkabout and learn about the life cycle of one of Australia's most iconic animals, the kangaroo. Use your knowledge and imagination to complete the last pages of the book and finish the life cycle.Explore our mystery box and meet some Australian animals up close to identify the different stages of animal life cycles. Visit the Australian Walkthrough exhibit and learn about the life cycle of the kangaroo.


Stage 2

  • ST2-10LW describes that living things have life cycles, can be distinguished from non-living things and grouped, based on their observable features
  • ST2-11LW describes ways that science knowledge helps people understand the effect of their actions on the environment and on the survival of living things
  • ST2-4WS investigates their questions and predictions by analysing collected data, suggesting explanations for their findings, and communicating and reflecting on the processes undertaken
  • ST2-5WT applies a design process and uses a range of tools, equipment, materials and techniques to produce solutions that address specific design criteria