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Mini-beast Hunters: Key Stage 2

Working in groups, children will collect insects and other small creatures that they find in the woodland.

Oak Bush-cricket at GPNR © Paul Drummond

This activity draws on children’s natural interest in living things to help them to learn how locally occurring animals can be identified and assigned to groups by using a key. It also helps them to learn the abundance of creatures living in a small area and some of their adaptations for survival. They also learn the scientific processes of collection, observation and recording in a fun way.

This activity lasts 20-30 minutes and works best if children are in supervised groups of 4-6.

Learning Outcomes/Curriculum Links

Science Curriculum: Working Scientifically, Animals and Living Things & Their Habitats.

English Curriculum: Spoken Language

Mini-beast Hunters will help children to:

  • learn about the different plants and animals found in different micro-habitats.
  • group living things according to observable similarities and differences.
  • learn language associated with insects and scientific processes.
  • identify and name some of the different kinds of animals in their local environment, describe and compare their structure and consider whether they are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores.
  • asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways.
  • observing closely.
  • identifying and classifying.
  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  • learn to care for wild creatures.