Minibeasts – literacy (KS2)

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By Mel CampbellYear 6 teacher

Use the popular topic of minibeasts to engage young children in literacy


The topic of ‘minibeasts’ provides the ideal stimulus for work both within and outside of your four walls!

Where to start

It may be that you need to begin by discussing the concept of minibeasts with your class. The National Museum of Wales website features a useful slideshow which is clear and concise, explaining things in a child-friendly way, whilst also using appropriate technical vocabulary that you would want your pupils to become familiar with (for example, invertebrates, skeleton, camouflage and so on). It also provides some cross-curricular activities for the classroom, such as drawing a minibeast in art, and learning the ‘insect song’ in music. There is even a link to a minibeast ‘close encounters’ game online, whereby pupils have to match a ‘close up’ section of the minibeast to its correct counterpart.

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