Life Processes
Sunflowers were given their name because they turn to face the Sun. This is an example of movement.

Life Processes

There are seven life processes which every living thing has in common - movement, reproduction, sensitivity, nutrition, excretion, respiration and growth. This, the first of two KS2 Science quizzes on the topic, looks at some examples of these life processes.

Are you familiar with MRS. NERG? Many people use these letters as a reminder of the seven scientific terms - Movement, Reproduction, Sensitivity, Nutrition, Excretion, Respiration and Growth. Anything that is alive must demonstrate all seven of these processes. Believe it or not, everything that is alive has senses of some kind - even plants. They can tell in which direction the Sun is in, and they also know the difference between up and down!

Are all living things capable of movement - even plants? What about growth? See how well you understand living organisms and the life processes they share by trying this science quiz.

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  1. Sunflowers were given their name because they turn to face the Sun. This is an example of which life process?
    All living organisms move. It can be hard to observe the movements of plants, but the sunflower makes a good example because it is easier to observe than most other plants
  2. Whales eat plankton and plants make their own food from sunlight. These are examples of which life process?
    Nutrition means food - all living organisms need food
  3. If you accidentally touch a very hot radiator and pull your hand back quickly, you are demonstrating which life process?
    Sensitivity is how plants and animals detect changes in their surroundings
  4. Which is not an example of reproduction?
    Reproduction is when living organisms produce young
  5. Food provides energy for movement and other life processes. What else does food allow a living organism to do?
    The body uses food to make itself bigger
  6. Many single-celled organisms grow and then divide into two cells. What is this is an example of?
    The cell makes an exact copy of itself
  7. Plants need to get rid of oxygen and animals need to get rid of carbon dioxide. What is this process called?
    Excretion, or elimination, is the removal of all waste products
  8. Which of the following demonstrates sensitivity in plants?
    Plants respond to heat, light, moisture and other stimuli
  9. Which of the following is true?
    All living organisms, which includes all plants and animals, share the seven life processes
  10. The food that animals eat cannot be used directly by cells. What is the process of turning food into energy called?
    Because oxygen is essential for this life process, people often refer to breathing as 'respiration'

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