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Week 6: 01.06.20



We hope you had lots of fun building your own secret hide-outs.


Can you now create a micro-habitat designed for minibeasts?


Minibeasts are ‘small creatures’, like worms, snails, insects and spiders. The scientific term for them is ‘invertebrates’ – a creature without a backbone. Did you know there are over 25,000 minibeast species that live in Britain? Wow! That is a lot! I wonder which minibeasts will live in your micro-habitat.


An example of a Micro-habitat is a bug hotel!


Here are some examples of ‘Bug Hotels’


Some materials you could use:

  • Leaves
  • Sticks
  • logs
  • Hay/straw
  • Cones
  • Grass
  • Bricks
  • Plant pots
  • Card tubes
  • Card boxes



Once you have built your bug hotel, you could also:


Maths Focus

  • Create a tally chart for the minibeasts you find in your garden, which are the most/least common?
  • Invent your own minibeast. You could give it an even amount of legs, above 20 but less than 50. Can you now create a bug with an odd number of spots?

Writing Focus

  • Read lots of stories about minibeasts. There are hundreds!  Examples are – The Hungry Caterpillar, Superworm, Spinderella, The Snail and the Whale and What the Ladybird Heard. Which others can you find?
  • Write your own minibeast story! Which minibeast will be your main character? You could even use your playdoh minibeasts to tell the story (this is explained below).
  • Create a fact file for one or more of the mini beasts you have discovered.


Art Focus

  • Sketch the minibeasts you observe in your hotel. How many legs do they have?
  • Make home made playdoh and make your own mini beasts.

You can view the following PDF to find a minibeast checklist! How many can you find?

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