Our Topic is "wriggle and crawl". We are looking at minibeasts.
Minibeasts are ‘small creatures’, like worms, snails, insects and spiders. The scientific term for them is ‘invertebrates’ – a creature without a backbone.
Because they don’t have a backbone, minibeasts tend to have other structures which support and protect them. Snails have shells, while many insects and spiders have an ‘exoskeleton’, which is a hard casing on their outside.
There are over 25,000 minibeast species in Britain.
Facts of the day:
Dragonflies have been flying around the Earth since the time of the dinosaurs.
Ants are one of the smallest minibeasts. They have 6 legs and 2 antenna.
Key words of the day:
Pupa- Acentral stage in the metamorphosis of an insect. The pupa looks like a small sack, and the adult insect develops inside it. The pupa is sometimes referred to as a chrysalis.
Radula- Arasping mouth organ used by Molluscs such as snails.
Today you could;
Draw a map of your garden, then go and look for minibeasts. Record on your map what minibeast you find. Why do you think this is? Challenge yourself to write 5 setences to explain what you found and why you think it was there.
If you do not have a garden you could draw a map of the route you use for your exercise. If safe to do so ( and no one else from outside your household is around) slow down and look what you find next time you go for your walk.