- 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.
- Sc 1 Scientific enquiry
- Sc 2 Life processes and living things
- En 1 Speaking and listening
Other Learning Skills
- Decision making
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- tel 01962 860948
- email CentralSitesEducation@hants.gov.uk