At the age of 12, a slave boy, on the island of Madagascar discovered a technique for pollinating vanilla orchids quickly and profitably – read his story.

We look at some of the life cycles of the animals in our story A Grub’s Tale.

We look at some of the life cycles of the animals in our story A Grub’s Tale.

At the age of 12, a slave boy, on the island of Madagascar discovered a technique for pollinating vanilla orchids quickly and profitably – read his story.

Knowledge and skills

  • Life cycles
  • Animals, including humans
  • Plants
  • Enquiry skills

The creature in our story, The Grub’s Tale, goes through the life cycle of a Madagascan Moon Moth. Starting scientific investigations with a story contextualises learning and can provide a good introduction to tricky concept for young children.

Knowledge and skills

  • Plants
  • Locational knowledge
  • Living in the wider world
  • Creative writing

Vanilla is one of the world’s best-loved flavours. We use it in everything from ice cream to skin cream. Madagascar is among the world's principal suppliers of this exotic spice but the life for the vanilla farmers in Madagascar is tough. Let’s investigate!

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