This term, we’ll head to the woodland area to identify minibeasts in their natural habitat. We’ll write a guide book for other children to use on a minibeast hunt, draw sketch maps of our minibeast hunting area and create minibeast stories and poems. Heading out into the local area, we’ll explore trees and bushes to see what lives there, investigate how far and how fast a snail can travel and create a minibeast habitat of our own. We’ll draw delicate sketches of minibeasts, make models from a variety of materials and use microscopes to observe minibeasts up close. Our ICT skills will help us create a minibeast animation and we’ll observe a beehive through live webcam footage.
This afternoon we made fruit caterpillar kebabs. We prepared the fruit and then selected the suitable tools for the task.
Today we worked to create an ant out of pipe cleaners, egg boxes and other materials. We used pipe cleaners for the ant’s legs and antennae, attaching them to the correct body part. We painted the ant brown and we will display it with others to make a class ant army.
Today we have been finding out how a minibeast’s appearance can help it avoid being eaten. We looked at a range of camouflaged creatures, such as the peppered moth, stick insect and shield bug. We described their camouflage and compare them with butterflies, ladybirds, wasps and hornets, which have bright colours and patterns. Then we used our knowledge to paint minibeasts, thinking carefully about how they protect themselves from predators.
Today we have been exploring honey. We discussed how the flavour of honey depends on the type of flower its nectar came from. Then we used our measuring skills to weigh ingredients and make some delicious flapjack to eat.
This morning we investigated which fruits butterflies prefer to eat. We made a range of butterfly foods, using ripe fruit mixed with water and sugar. We placed the fruit in a shallow bowl in a sunny area that butterflies typically visit. In addition, we constructed a food chain to show what animals eat butterflies.
Today we worked together to set up a wormy in the classroom. We will be observing the worms closely to see how they burrow in the soil.
Today we have explored small trees and bushes in our local environment to discover what’s hiding in them. We shook the trees and bushes over a sheet and work quickly to catch minibeasts and create a tally chart to record the different types and frequency. Back in the classroom, we used the information to produce a block graph.
Today we went to Natureland to observe and identify minibeasts in their natural habitat. We talked about what we might expect to see and we came up with questions about different minibeasts and the environments they live in. We used magnifying glasses to take a sneaky peek into holes and crevices and lifted stones and logs to see what we could find.