In this live lesson, we will be learning all about minibeasts, their habitats and the important jobs they do for British farming.
Sally-Anne, our insect expert, will be introducing us to four different types of helpful insects who all do essential jobs for British farmers and we will be challenging you to investigate what hidden creatures you can find in your local area.
If you have never joined a live lesson before, see the support centre, where you will find technical and educational support.
Read our ‘How to generate higher order questions’ guide and give the children some time to generate some questions about insects, farming, habitats etc.
1. Introduction (2 mins)
Jennie will open the lesson with an introduction to Fantastic Minibeasts and where to find them.
2. Subject knowledge (15 mins)
Josh will then introduce the concepts of habitats and welcome Sally-Anne, the insect expert, who will introduce us to worms, dung beetles, pollinators and predatory insects, show us where they live and explain the jobs that they do for British farmers. The children will be asked to fill in some mini beast profiles with all the facts they learn during the lesson and they will complete actions to move like our minibeasts.
3. Q&A and conclusion (10 mins)
Sally-Anne will answer the questions that the children have submitted.
If you’d like to complete an activity all about worms after the lesson, you can find a great one from the Country Trust on page 28 of the British Science Week Primary activity pack.
If you’d like to investigate the fantastic minibeasts in your local area, you can find an excellent guide to making simple pitfall traps here.
Education Manager, National Farmers' Union
Chief Education Manager, National Farmers' Union
Insect expert & farmer
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