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Danebury Iron Age Hill Fort

Spider Safari

Learning Objectives

  • To learn about spiders, where they live and how they catch their food.
  • To think about, then build a home for a spider.
  • To dispel some of the myths and fear that can be associated with spiders.

Opportunities for

  • Sc 1 Scientific enquiry
  • Sc 2 Life processes and living things
  • En 1 Speaking and listening
  • PSHE

Other Learning Skills

  • Observation
  • Co-operation
  • Confidence
  • Communication
  • Decision making

Pre-visit Ideas/learning

  • General introduction to spiders, where and how they live.
  • Brief introduction on how to use an ID chart, not necessarily related to minibeasts.
  • Practice using magnifying glasses.
  • Incy Wincy Spider related activities.


  • Welcome and introduction to the site including any health and safety issues and expectations for the visit.


  • We will discuss what we’re looking for and why, finding out what the children know and think about spiders.
  • Talk about how to use magnifying glasses and ID cards.


  • Look for spiders and/or webs.
  • Identify spiders using magnifying glasses and ID cards.
  • Get together and discuss what we’ve found – talk about where and how spiders live.
  • In small groups build a house for a spider using resources found on site.
  • Visit the other spider houses while the groups talk about their house.
  • Make a pom-pom and pipe cleaner spider from a kit or a clay spider.


  • Recap on what we did, what we learned about spiders, how many species we found and where they were living.
  • Children’s feedback.

Expected Outcomes

  • Most children will – find some spiders and identify them with help, build a spider home and talk about it as well as learn about how spiders live.
  • Some children will have progressed further and will – find some spiders and identify them, build a spider home giving reasons for what they are doing and why as well as learn about how spiders live.

Additional Activities

  • These activities can be built into this session as extension tasks or fun additions scavenger hunt, sticky pictures, colour matching palettes.


  • ID keys, magnifying glasses, possibly more resources i.e. twigs, bark to build spider homes, spider kits, clay.

Post Visit Ideas

  • Build spider homes in school grounds, keep a spider diary of numbers and species of spiders seen.
  • Weave webs perhaps using woven willow rings or a forked stick weaving in things found from nature possibly in the school grounds.