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Mini – Beast Identification

Target Audience
Key Stage 1/ 2

Link to the National Curriculum

NC Science Key Stage 2 states:

  • “There is no surer way to enthuse children than to let them explore for themselves using their own immediate environment around the school grrounds”


  • To enable children to identify mini-beasts with simple apparatus made by themselves

Download worksheet

What you need

  • Stiff card
  • Prepared mini- beast identification wheels
  • Pritt sticks glue
  • Laminating sheets( all schools have laminating machines)
  • Brass butterfly fasteners (from any stationers)
  • Schoolscissors/hammer /nails

What you do

  • See the video clip on the website: www.practicalprimaryscience.co.uk
  • Cut out the inner and outer circles from the tem-plates on the downloads
  • Stick both wheels to stiff card
  • Place the cutouts into a laminating folder and laminate. This will ensure longevity and usage in adverse weather conditions.
  • Using a scissor cut out the circles including the triangular portion on the smaller circle
  • Punch holes in the designated positionsand using the butterfly fasteners join them together

How it works

  • The practice sheets( see download) will give the children a very clear understanding of how the apparatus works. Please note that the arrow on the small wheel points to the mini -beast in question and the triangular cutout refers to its attributes.

Group/Class Organisation

  • It is vital that all children are given ample opportunity to practise using the mini-beast investigation wheels prior to any field trip.

Preliminary Activities

  • This will take the form of discussion about the likely mini-beasts the children are likely to encounter. The use of coloured pictures would be useful for this purpose.

Follow up work

  • Most schools have within close proximity Nature Field Centres to visit with experienced staff.
  • Not to be forgotten is the rice resource of the school environment itself.

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