Strand: Living Things

Lesson: Growth and Change - The Body


1. To make the children more aware of the fact that we change as we grow;


1. That children learn how we change; children learn why we change; that we all need good food, sleep, exercise and shelter to stay healthy and keep growing.

Materials and "People" Needed

4-week-old baby
2-year-old child
Class of 4/5 year olds
3 adults (including baby's mother)
Colourful paper
Baby's clothes
Digital Camera
Photographs of children in class (as babies)




One pupil's mammy is invited to bring her 4-week-old baby boy and 2-year-old girl to the classroom. This is planned in advance and Mammy is advised to put a little thought into the questions children might ask. Many children in the class have never seen a new born before. The class prepares to welcome our visitors. When visitors are settled questions and discussion begin.


The class are encouraged to ask questions about the baby e.g. what is his name? How old is he? What does he eat? How long does he sleep?

Children will be encouraged to observe that the baby will not sit up by himself; will need to be held by an adult; that in contrast they themselves can sit and stand unaided.

We will place the baby's hand and his four-year-old sister's hand on a piece of paper and take a photograph of it using the digital camera.

We will also photograph
(a) the baby and two year old's hands
(b) baby, two year old's hand and four year olds hands
(c) baby, two year old's hand and four year olds hands and then Mammy's hand
(d) baby with some girls from the class.

Children will compare and contrast the similarities and differences between
a) a baby and child; b) baby and adult; and c) child and adult.


Conclusion/Follow Up Activities

Teacher will download and print out the photographs The class will examine and discuss the photos and identify the 3 stages of growth i.e. baby - child - adult.

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