Minibeasts in the Forest

Forests provide many learning opportunities, and are fantastic places to observe habitats, minibeasts and other animals. Take your class to your local FC woodland for a great day out, that will also meet the needs of your science curriculum.

Years: 1, 2

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 11

Subject: Science

Resource Overview

Collect a minibeast, make a minibeast and then become a minibeast! Jam packed full of hands on activities sure to get pupils chatting, exploring and questioning whilst developing skills to work scientifically.

With thanks to the Forestry Commission for allowing us to share this resource.

Resource Assets


Lesson Plan

An easy to follow and comprehensive resource.

Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 1 (Age 5-6)
    • Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets)
    • identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
  • Year 2 (aged 6-7)
    • Identify and classify.
    • Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats
    • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds if animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Key Stage 1 (Age 5-7)
    • Key Stage 1 (Age 5-7)
      • Year 2 (aged 6-7)
        • Year 1 (Age 5-6)
          • Gather and record data to help in answer questions
          • Observe closely, using simple equipment
          • Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions