Poo Patrol Part 4 - Science: Toxocara Life Cycle

Compare more familiar life cycles with the less familiar

Years: 5, 6

Duration: 60mins

Curriculum Objectives: 2

Subject: Science

Resource Overview

Just how does the lifecycle of a worm compare with that of a butterfly or a frog? Using vibrant resources and fun challenges the children are encouraged to find out for themselves.

Dog poo is ‘worming’ it’s way on to our streets. It’s dangerous, disgusting and avoidable.

It’s time we came together to fight back!

The poo patrol pack includes a wide range of supporting curriculum linked lesson plans (perfect for upper KS2 and a mini project) pre written risk assessments, promotional posters and suggestions for how to organise your day.It was originally created for Bristol's Poo Patrol Big Spray Day but can easily be adapted for your school community. So, if dog poo is proving a nusciance here is everything you need to highlight the problem, encourage irresponsible dog owners to be responsible and to understand the bigger issues with dog poo. Perfect for a persuasive writing project, a data handling block focusing on real life data or an art project with a purpose.

Resource Assets


Toxocara Life Cycle Lesson plan

Designed to remind children of more familiar life cycles and challenge them to explore less familiar ones


Toxocara Life Cycle PowerPoint

Packed full of thought provoking questions and interesting facts


Toxocara True or False

A fun and quick activity designed to check understanding and eliminate misconceptions.


Toxocara Word Scramble

A great extension activity


Toxocara Life Cycle

A complete life cycle


Toxocara Life Cycle - to be completed

An incomplete life cycle designed for the children to cut up and use the images to create their own


Toxocara Information Sheet

Lots of facts and figures designed to help teachers feel confident when delivering the lesson


Toxocara Picture 1

A microscope image of the Toxocara eggs


Toxocara Picture 2

A microscope image of the Toxocara egg

Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 5 (Age 9-10)
    • Describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.
  • Year 6 (Age 10-11)
    • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.