Key stage 2 (KS2) courses

Woodland minibeasts (KS2)*

Pupils will gain an awareness of the woodland and/or meadow habitats in which invertebrates are adapted to live.


This course is a series of investigations beginning with trying to discover whether minibeasts live in the same micro-habitats, then to find out what life is like in a woodland from the viewpoint of a minibeast, and to put into practice detecting skills required as a scientist to gain an insight into some of their adaptations.  Emphasis is also on variation and classification. 

Areas covered

  • setting the background to the investigation
  • difference between vertebrates and invertebrates 
  • awareness activities to give some insight into life as minibeasts
  • variety of sampling techniques to look at some of the many different micro-habitats
  • handling and care of invertebrates
  • collection of invertebrates - look at numbers in different habitats
  • Observational skills to look at invertebrate adaptations; identification and classification of major groups; feeding groups leading to simple food chains.

    Can be combined to include pond-dwelling minibeasts.

    National Curriculum links

    Attainment Target (AT) 1: 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2h, 2j
    AT 2: a, b, c, 2e, 4a to make and use keys, 4b how locally occurring animals and plants can be identified and assigned to groups, 4c that the variety of plants and animals make it important to identify them and assign them to groups, 5a, 5b about the different plants and animals found in different habitats, 5d, 5e, 5f

    Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA) relevance:
    Science units: 3A, 4A, 4B, 5B, 6A


    Minimum of 2 classes required for the half day option.