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Key Stage 1 - Minibeast Safari

Pupils use different techniques to hunt through the long grass, trees and leaf litter to find and observe a wonderful variety of creatures.
Minibeasts in leaf litter


Pupils are introduced to a variety of different techniques to hunt in the long grass, trees and leaf litter to find and observe a wonderful variety of creatures in their habitats. They explore how these creatures are connected and how they are adapted to life on land. Working scientifically they identify and name carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

  • Length: approximately 45 minutes.
  • Group size: 30 students (maximum).
  • Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 5 students.
  • Programme cost:¬†Part of a full- or half-day visit. See our Prices and FAQs page for more information.

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Learning outcomes

We design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the National Curriculum. All our sessions have a cross-curricular approach and are tailored to suit the educational needs of your group. We aim to give pupils opportunities to work scientifically in areas that are difficult or impossible to create in the school environment.

This session offers pupils the opportunity to:

  • collect minibeasts in a variety of terrestrial habitats
  • identify some of the minibeasts using simple keys
  • compare the creatures collected
  • sort the creatures into groups
  • construct a simple food chain

Curriculum links

This KS1 visit supports and enhances the Science curriculum offered in schools.

Year 2 Living things and their habitat

  • identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats
  • describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food