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What makes a minibeast a minibeast?


* You will need to complete this week’s writing activity BEFORE starting this science activity.


We have had great fun exploring different micro-habitats, learnt about food chains and found lots of different minibeasts.

But what makes a minibeast a minibeast?

When scientists work they have to be very careful to use facts and accurate information … they can't just make things up! Sometimes that information needs investigating and problem solving.


Watch this BBC Bitesize video ‘What are minibeasts?’ and listen out for some new science words.


Do you have a favourite minibeast?

Have you found any unusual minibeasts living in your garden or around Rhiwbina?

Is there a minibeast you would really like to find but haven’t found yet?


When we did this topic in school last year we found stag beetles in our Forest School area.

Not many of the children had seen these before and there was a lot of excitement!


You will need to choose a minibeast and use your research skills to find out as much as you can about it.

There may be lots that you already know from when you were a minibeast detective or when you were drawing ‘A minibeast world’ but is there even more to discover?


You will need to use your detective skills to search for the answers to these questions:

  • What does the minibeast look like? Think about its size, colour and different body parts.

  • Where does the minibeast live? Describe the habitat. Why does it live there?

  • What does the minibeast eat? How does it eat?

  • How does the minibeast move? 

  • What type of minibeast is it? Try to use some of the super science words from the video or your research.

  • Why are minibeasts important? Think about last week’s science activity on food chains.

  • Can you also include a fascinating ‘Did you know …!’ fact about the minibeast.


Scientists look in lots of different places to find answers to their questions.

Where will you look first?

The internet and information books are a great way to start or you could look at a ‘real life’ example.

Are you able to find an example of the minibeast you are researching in your garden or when you are out for a walk?

Happy researching!


Once you have all your information, log on to Purple Mash where you will find your 'Minibeast Fact File' 2Do.

Place a picture or drawing in the top left hand side box and then use the other boxes to report on the facts you have found about your minibeast. Have you researched enough information to fill every box? 


Enjoy being a minibeast scientist and don't forget to include your favourite fascinating family fact sentence from this week’s writing activity in the comments section when you ‘hand in’ this 2Do!