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Minibeasting at Sherwood

Learning objectives


  • Understand what the term minibeast.
  • Develop an understanding of where minibeasts live.
  • Compare differing habitats.
  • Use of keys to identify minibeasts.


  • Improve observational skills.
  • Work collaboratively outdoors.
  • Learn safely in a new environment

Key words/phrases

Invertebrate, Insect, Habitat, Food chain, Life cycle, Minibeast, Carnivores, Herbivores, Detritivores, Environment.


On arrival a member of OEE Team staff will welcome your group to the Centre and describe the day’s programme, learning objectives and the health and safety issues.

Half-day course programme

  • Walk into woodland teaching area.
  • Introduce activity and how to hunt for minibeasts.
  • Minibeast hunt in woodland area.
  • Gather back together to discuss which creatures have been found.
  • Walk to a different habitat. Discuss what differences there may between the habitat areas in their biodiversity.
  • Minibeast hunt in grassland or heathland.
  • Gather back together to discuss findings.
  • Walk back to the centre.


Back at the centre the group will reflect on their day and consider how well the learning objectives have been met.

Safety considerations

Weather conditions and clothing

Some outdoor clothing is available at the Centre but please ensure children are dressed appropriately for the weather.

Activities will take place in all but the most severe weather conditions.  The Centre teacher will contact the group leader if conditions are unsafe for the visit to continue.

Equipment supplied

Minibeast pots, magnifying glasses, ID sheets, first aid kit (tutor led only), collecting trays, data loggers (upper KS2).

Equipment needed from school


Other information

The actual programme may vary depending on the number and needs of the pupils, length of visit and weather conditions.