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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.

Fact of the day:

  1. Invertebrates make up approximately 97% of the creatures living on Earth.
  2. Minibeasts are a great source of protein. Many countries eat insects as part of their diet. Deep fried crickets are a popular snack in Thailand, while ant soup is a warming treat in China. Insects are a very sustainable source of food and may become more widely eaten in the future.

Key words of the day:

Annelid: a creature that has one main body part that is segmented. Worms and leeches are annelids.
Arachnid: the scientific name for spiders.

Invertebrate: a creature without a backbone.
Larvae: the very early form of many minibeasts that hatches from an egg. It usually changes into the adult form through metamorphosis.

Today you could;

Have a go writing a letter to Miss Muffet and explain why she shouldn’t be scared of spiders. Look for information online and in non-fiction books to support your ideas.

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