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- To explore the chalk grassland or woodland site to discover and learn about the minibeasts that live in these habitats.
- Sc 1 Scientific enquiry
- Sc 2 Life processes and living things
- En 1 Speaking and listening
Other Learning Skills
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.