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Key Stage 2 - 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.

Photo of insects and other minibeasts in a log

Minibeasts in leaf litter

Overview

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 8 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
  • identify different stages of life cycles in some of the creatures found
  • compare the creatures collected
  • sort the creatures into groups
  • construct a simple food chain or web

Curriculum links

This KS2 visit supports and enhances the Science curriculum offered in schools.

Lower KS2
Year 4 – Living things and their habitats

  • recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways
  • explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment

Year 4 – Animals including humans

  • construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey

Upper KS2
Year 5 - Living things and their habitats

  • describe the differences in the life cycles of an amphibian and an insect
  • describe the life process of reproduction in some animals

Year 6 - Living things and their habitats

  • describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals
  • give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics