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Danebury Iron Age Hill Fort

Minibeast survey

Learning Objectives

  • To explore the chalk grassland or woodland site to discover and learn about the minibeasts that live in these habitats.

Opportunities for

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

Other Learning Skills

  • Observation
  • Co-operation
  • Confidence
  • Communication

Pre-visit Ideas/learning

  • General introduction to minibeasts, what they are, where and how they live.
  • Brief introduction on how to use a key/ID chart, not necessarily related to minibeasts.


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


  • Discussion finding out what the children know and think about minibeasts.
  • Introduction of key and record sheet.


  • Working in groups of two or three explore the habitat observing and identifying a range of insects using simple keys and keeping a tally of the minibeasts found.


  • Recap on what we did, the species we found and what we learned from the tally.
  • Children’s feedback.

Expected Outcomes

  • Most children will – be able to identify and name several species found, use a simple key with help and draw simple conclusions from what they found.
  • Some children will have progressed further and will – be able to identify and name several species, use a key independently and draw more complex conclusions from what they found.

Additional Activities

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


  • Pooters, ID keys, magnifying glasses, record sheets, clip boards, pencils, pencil sharpeners, tarpaulin.

Post Visit Activities

  • Compare the habitat you visited to your school grounds and carry out your own survey there.
  • Design and make your own mini-beast and a habitat for it to live in.