TERM 2 - Minibeasts

They creep, crawl and fascinate....mini-BEASTS! Slaters, snails, ants and fleas, their life cycles and ability to survive and perform super feats.

What minibeasts will we find lurking in and around our environment? Throughout this unit children explore and discover different types of minibeasts and examine and compare the little creature’s characteristics, body features, needs, habitats and life-cycles. Gaining an understanding of why protecting minibeasts is important and considering ways of conserving habitats will also be developed.

This unit of work allows children to observe patterns of growth and change in living things, and describe patterns and make predictions. They understand the importance of using science to predict possible effects of human and other activity, and to develop management plans or alternative technologies that minimise these effects. Get your magnifying glasses out and be ready to get your hands dirty!


Focus Questions

    • What is a minibeast? How do we know it’s a living thing?

    • How can we classify minibeasts into different groups?

    • What physical characteristics define the different types of minibeasts? How do their body parts assist in survival?

    • Do minibeasts all have the same lifecycle? How do they vary?

    • What do minibeasts need in order to survive?

    • How do minibeasts depend on each other for survival?

    • What role do minibeasts play in our environment, and why are they important?

    • How can humans protect the various habitats of minibeasts?