Teachers' Notes

Resource created by York Museums Trust


This resource, suitable for Key Stages 1 to 3, aims to develop knowledge and understanding of invertebrates and includes an interactive game called Super Bugs, giving children the chance to create their own minibeast with the help of a cartoon museum curator called Jo!  The resource will support learning about invertebrates and their relationship to the environment


Curriculum Links

The resource covers the following areas of the Science curriculum:
  • KS1 Science - Identifying Plants and animals in their habitats
  • KS2 Science - Living things and their habitats; Life cycles; Evolution and inheritance - adaptation
  • KS3 Science - Relationships in an eco-system; Variations between species


Learning Objectives

  • Knowledge of different types of invertebrate and variations between species
  • Understanding of how insects have adapted to their environments
  • Skills to identify and classify types of insect

Activity Ideas

  • Super Bugs game: The interactive game Super Bugs is a key feature of this resource and is a fun way of teaching children about invertebrates.  After they have created their Super Bug they can print out a Top Trumps-style playing card to compare with friends.  It has proven very popular with learners of all ages so don't miss the chance to play!
  • Using the Super Bug game activity idea above, this could be adapted for a 2D or 3D art / craft activity.  Pupils could research animal adaptations and create their own super bug.  They could choose or be given certain habitats their super bug has to be adapted to, for example, aquatic / mountain / desert and whether their bug is a carnivorous predator or a herbivore.  Pupils could then design their superbug and either draw it in its habitat, or use an old (shoe) box to create a 3D habitat and use plasticene or mixed media to create their super bugs.  These could also be annotated with their adaptations or each pupil could give a mini presentation about their minibeast.
  • Interactive PowerPoints: 

    The Minibeasts Interactive PowerPoint Quiz is suitable for whole class use and is perfect for a plenary activity. Includes extra information along with the answers.

    Amazing Snails Interactive PowerPoint - this short powerpoint is perfect for a starter or plenary activity and can be set to use as a touch interactive on a smartboard. 
  • Download: The 'Design a Super Bug' template allows pupils even more freedom than the interactive game as they are not restricted in the parts of invertebrates they can use.  Giving them the worksheet to do after they have explored the resource, done the quiz and had several attempts at the Super Bugs game should mean that they have gained enough knowledge to create a well-designed creature.


Invertebrates at York Museums Trust

York Museums Trust has a large collection of invertebrates. For more information about the entomology collections see: Why does the Yorkshire Museum have a minibeast collection?