Year 2 went on a ‘Mini-Beast Safari’ yesterday. Working with a partner, they searched the school grounds for ‘micro-habitats’ and recorded the names of the mini-beasts they found, how many of them they saw and where the mini-beasts were. Children investigated under and inside logs, under rocks, inside and underneath tyres, around and under the playground equipment, in between and underneath plant pots, in amongst the fallen leaves and in trees. The children practised their careful observation skills and made sure to record their findings accurately, just like scientists.
Later, the children collated the information from the whole class to find out of how many of each mini-beast they found and discussed what they had learnt about each mini-beast’s micro-habitat. They created a tally chart, a pictogram and a bar graph to show how many of each mini-beast they saw.