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Minibeasts – Key Stage 1

A day’s programme does not necessarily include all the listed activities and can be adapted to suit individual needs and requirements. Normally we fit in three - five activities during your visit.

Activities Learning objective: the children should learn...
Minibeast hunt
  • to observe and identify the variety of minibeasts found in different habitats and microhabitats using a range of equipment including sweep nets in our wildflower meadows (season and weather dependent) and to use the concept of a simple food chain.
Pond dipping
  • to observe and identify the variety of aquatic life found in our dipping ponds and to use the concept of a simple food chain.
Decay game
  • about the role of minibeasts in the decomposition of plants.
Butterfly survival
  • about the life-cycle of a butterfly by playing an interactive game.
Un-nature trail
  • a greater understanding of camouflage whilst hunting for hidden objects in the natural environment.
Bee game
  • through drama about the life cycle of a plant growing from a seed or bulb and the role of the bee in pollination.
Caterpillar game
  • about the life-cycle of a butterfly through role play. N.B this is a blind fold game of trust.
Colour sticky caterpillars
  • about the range of different coloured and textured materials found in the Gardens by collecting items to create an individual coloured caterpillar. .
Smelly sticky caterpillars
  • about the range of different smells found in the Gardens by collecting items to create an individual smelly strip
Colour filters
  • to see the Gardens from different coloured viewpoints.
Bug’s eyes
  • Bug’s eyes – an alternative way to look at the Gardens.
Estate agents
  • to consider the needs and requirements of animals when building a home for them in the Gardens.
You’ve been framed
  • to work collaboratively to produce an outdoor art gallery created from garden materials inspired by minibeasts.


 

Sessions times

  • 10am to 2.30pm
    with a break for a picnic lunch at 12pm in or near the Education Centre

Suggested pre-visit activities

  • Look at a range of minibeasts and predict their habitat
  • Watch an apple decay over a fortnight

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