Arm your class with magnifying glasses, notebooks, cameras and viewing jars and head out and about with these sheets to find out if your local trees are under attack.

Bel Deering takes us through some useful minibeast basics – very useful for when you are out and about on your bug hunt.

Cut out the caterpillar cards and place a piece of double-sided sticky tape across each caterpillar. Ask the children to sticky tiny samples of woodland materials onto the caterpillar.

Talk about pollination then test what has been learned by using this 'Insects that pollinate' resource.

Talk about pollination then test what has been learned by using this 'Insects that pollinate' resource.

Knowledge and skills

  • Life cycles
  • Animals, including humans
  • Plants
  • Enquiry skills

The creature in our story, The Grub’s Tale, goes through the life cycle of a Madagascan Moon Moth. Starting scientific investigations with a story contextualises learning and can provide a good introduction to tricky concept for young children.

Knowledge and skills

  • Developing empathy
  • Vocabulary development
  • Animals, including humans
  • Creative writing
  • Reading widely

There’s a lot going on in the life of our little creature in A Grub’s Tale. We see how his life is a mystery to him and without a parent or brothers and sisters, he is worried and unsure of his future.

Knowledge and skills

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals
  • Minibeasts
  • Role-play and drama
  • Designing and making
  • Speaking and listening

Every creature, whatever its size, deserves our care. Try out Bel Deering’s activity ideas to teach children about the smallest woodland inhabitants and how to treat them respectfully.

Cut out the caterpillar cards and place a piece of double-sided sticky tape across each caterpillar. Ask the children to sticky tiny samples of woodland materials onto the caterpillar.

Bel Deering takes us through some useful minibeast basics – very useful for when you are out and about on your bug hunt.

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