KS1 Science: Find, identify and record a range of local mini beasts and compare the mini beasts found in different habitats. Describe conditions on different habitats and microhabitats – how these affect the number and type of animals and plants that live there. Group living things according to observable similarities and differences. Use magnifying glasses to observe closely. Know that animals obtain food from plants and other animals.
KS2 Science: Classification – group animals according to observable features. Adaptation: Understand how animals in two different habitats are suited to their environments.
Creepy-crawly…wriggly-tickly! We set off on an expedition to explore and compare different micro-habitats in Wollaton Park and discover the minibeasts that live there. We examine stonework on the old buildings, crinkly tree bark and long grass and the leaf litter beneath trees and bushes.
Using special equipment including magnifiers and pooters the children collect and observe the minibeasts closely.
They use ID sheets and key charts to identify the creatures they have found. The children learn to handle creatures gently, without damaging them and recognise the importance of returning them safely to their micro-habitats.We look at the minibeasts’ different features, spotting similarities and differences and watch how they move. We find out how minibeasts use camouflage, how they protect themselves against prey or are actually fierce hunters, what they eat and whether they are carnivores or herbivores.
The children discover that minibeasts play an important part in the food chain for other creatures that live in WollatonPark.
Environmental Wollaton teachers pack available to download here.