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:
The stag beetle can be up to 8.5cm long – that’s giant for a beetle..
The largest earthworm ever discovered in the UK was 40cm long – more like the size of a small snake. He was named ‘Dave’ and is now preserved in the Natural History Museum.
Key words of the day:
Abdomen The rear section of an insect’s body. It contains the heart, the stomach and the reproductive organs.
Carnivore A meat eating animal.
Today you could;
While we have been at home we have been looking at poetry in English. Today we set you the challenge of writing a minibeast poem. Can you pick your favourite minibeast, then write one line describing in for each letter. Here in mine below.
W et and slimy covered in goo.
O range skin bends and wiggles,
R ushing, twisting from the birds,
M oving deeper through the dirt.