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Fantastic minibeasts and where to find them

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.

Broadcast on Tue 15 Mar 2022
  • 30 mins
  • Ages 5-7
Learning Outcomes
  • 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 microhabitats.

If you have never joined a live lesson before, see the support centre, where you will find technical and educational support.

Live lessons work best when students have some prior knowledge and have prepared questions. Questions and shout outs can be submitted in advance via the Live Lesson tab in your Encounter Edu profile.

Read our ‘How to generate higher order questions’ guide and give the children some time to generate some questions about insects, farming, habitats etc.

Session outline

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.

Further ideas

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.



Jennie Divine head shot

Jennie Devine

Education Manager, National Farmers' Union

Joshua Payne Head shot

Josh Payne

Chief Education Manager, National Farmers' Union

Speaker Sally Ann Spence

Sally-Ann Spence

Insect expert & farmer

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