Inventing Insects

Art, adaptation and ambition come together to challenge children to explore the insect world

Years: 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 7

Subjects: Art, Science

Resource Overview

There are more than one million insect species in the world – from fleas that can jump 200 times their body length to houseflies that taste with their feet – so it's no wonder they provide an infinite source of fascination for so many children. As any bug hunt in your school grounds will testify, they are a great way of learning about habitats, classification, animal conservation and nature. This lesson is wonderfully practical, based outdoors and encourage children to look closely at insects with a new fascination.

Resource Assets


Inventing Insects Lesson Plan

Time to hone your entomology skills and see insects like never before.


A Guide for Observing Nature

Originally written for our iNaturalist lessons, this brief guide reminds children how to be respectful when observing nature.

Curriculum Objectives

  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.
  • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
    • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.
    • Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.
  • Year 6 (Age 10-11)
    • Describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals.
    • Give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.
    • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.
    • Recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago.