This half term our Cornerstones topic is ‘Wriggle and Crawl’. I’m really looking forward to visiting a local nature reserve, tasting local honey and explaining about the life cycles of animals.
Did you know?
- Bumblebees are struggling to survive with two species now extinct in the UK.
- Honey bees and some bumblebees live socially. They are led by a queen and serviced by male drones and female worker bees.
- In its lifetime, a single bee can collect enough nectar to make one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey.
- Eating honey can help you be smarter! It’s the only food that contains ‘pinocembrin’, an antioxidant that improves brain function.
- Butterflies can taste with their feet and choose the yummiest leaves to lay their eggs on, as that will be their caterpillar’s food.
- The largest butterfly in the world is the Queen Alexandra’s birdwing, which lives in Papua New Guinea and has a wing span up to 31cm. One of the smallest butterflies is the Western pygmy blue from Africa, which has a tiny 1.5cm wingspan!
- Most spiders are carnivores, as they feed on insects and other invertebrates. However, some of the largest spiders prey on vertebrates, including birds!
- Ants are extremely strong and can carry objects 50 times their own body weight. For every human on Earth, there are 1.5million ants! They live on every continent except Antarctica.
Ideas for Homework
- Visit your local library and find stories, poems and non-fiction books about minibeasts. Write a review of your favourite book and display it at school.
- Use the internet to research a weird and wonderful minibeast. Find out about the Borneo walking stick, the longest insect in the world, and the Goliath beetle. Make a poster to display amazing facts that you can show your friends at school.
- Create a table to collect information about minibeasts, including their name, body parts, legs and wings. Identify whether or not each minibeast is an insect.
- Make a minibeast game, like ‘Build a Beetle’. Allocate each body part a number, for example, head = 6, body = 5, leg = 4, antennae = 3, eye = 2, mouth = 1. Take it in turns to throw the dice and collect the part of the body that corresponds to the number. The winner is the person who builds the beetle first.
Useful websites you might want to have a look at:
Learn about lots of different animals without a backbone. Some minibeasts use camouflage, and some have different defences to avoid being eaten. Minibeasts have different ways of gathering food. Dung beetles fly until they find animal dung, and leaf cutter ants can carry food which is heavier than they are.
Minibeast Adventure with Jess
Join Jess for a Minibeast Adventure and discover what minibeasts are on your doorstop.
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National Geographic kids website: