Minibeasts – maths (KS2)

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By Mike AskewProfessor of Primary Education, Monash University, Melbourne

Use the popular topic of minibeasts to engage young children in maths activities



  1. Strength of an ant
  2. Monster bugs
  3. Centipedes and millipedes
  4. Ants in the world
  5. Right-angled spiral

1. Strength of an ant
NC KS2: Ma2, 1a, g, i

It is well known that ants are strong for their size. What would the children be able to lift if they were as strong as an ant? Give the children the following information:
  • An average ant weighs about 0.004 grams
  • An average ant can lift about 0.2 grams
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