Year 1 Minibeast Marvels

  • How do scientists classify minibeasts
  • How can we describe the appearance of minibeasts using detailed vocabulary and scientific terminology?
  • What distinguishing features do insects and other minibeasts have?
  • How do minibeasts protect themselves against predators in order to survive in their environments?

These are just some of the questions students of Year 1 have posed as part of our minibeast living creatures studies this term. 

In Year 1, we have entered the magical and intriguing world of minibeasts as part of our Science (understanding living creatures) and English (exploring information reports) units. We will enjoy finding out important facts about butterflies, bees, ants, praying mantises and stick insects, to name just a few. 

There are interesting ways to depict these creatures using WOW words and phrases within descriptive sentences and we will continue to explore these during our literacy lessons this term. We have been doing this with the help of our VCOP (vocabulary, connectives, openers, punctuation) friends who encourage us to add extra sparkle and flair to our written work. 

The beautiful, colourful butterfly came zooming across the amazing blue sky and it’s coming straight towards me. Phew! That was close! Oh, look at the amazing tricks that it is doing. Fantastic!  Kobe Yep, 1D

The green praying mantis is hopping from plant to plant with its long legs.  Elsie Hardy, 1K 

The most beautiful butterfly flew smoothly across the bright blue sky. Then it landed softly on my smooth arm and it was very tickly! Ivy Sun, 1D

The dangerous scorpion used his sharp claws to defend himself from the magnificent snake.  Jude Higgins, 1K

The hairy baby spider was black. I was eating my delicious fruit salad until… BOOM! The little hairy spider ate all of my delicious fruit salad! But there was one more thing spiders like to do …. BITE ME! Bite, Bite, Bite, Bite …. “ouch!”.  Victoria Challinger, 1D

The fast and scary wasp was chasing me around the lush, green oval.  Darius Arian, 1D 

The beautiful butterfly flew extremely high into the blue sky. The bright butterfly flew across the shiny green trees. Have you ever seen a bright butterfly fly before?  Lucas Hu, 1D

The camouflaged praying mantis is sneaking up on its prey. The toxic ladybug is eating delicious bugs that damage the crops.  Jayden Huang, 1K

The shiny, green grasshopper sprinted along the lush, green grass. Have you ever seen a grasshopper? The slimy caterpillar was slithering along the leaves and munching on them. Have you ever seen a caterpillar munch before?  Alexis Walmsley, 1D

Year 1 students continue to be captivated by the study of entomology and will regularly engage in rich ‘Big Talk’ discussions and ‘Big Write’ sessions covering the following areas when studying a particular minibeast:

  • Classification
  • Description of appearance
  • Habitat
  • Diet
  • Other interesting facts

Here are some factual statements about some of our favourite miniature creatures:

All caterpillars have different colourful skin. They walk slowly and eat nice, fresh, juicy, green leaves. They make a cocoon and take a nap. Then they turn into a beautiful butterfly.  Evan Yao, 1L

Bees use their stinger to protect themselves from dangerous predators.  Leo Zambolt, 1B

The stripy, colourful caterpillar eats fat, big, green leaves to turn into a brown cocoon and into a beautiful butterfly.  Wenxi Shang, 1L

Spiders have eight legs and can be coloured brown or green. Sometimes they can be fuzzy and hairy. To protect themselves they have a venomous bite!  George Hu, 1B

Caterpillars eat lovely, tasty, big, green, juicy, crunchy leaves.  Benjamin Jiao, 1L

 Ants are tiny creatures and they can bite. Some are even poisonous. Ants can carry 50 times their size in weight!  Adam Corrigan, 1B

Year 1 students look forward to future Science and English lessons this term, where we will continue to explore this marvellous world of minibeasts together, using our growth mindsets and demonstrating the character strengths of curiosity and a love of learning.

Georgina Burrows, Trent Davis, Jana Kubaska and Jade Lucy - Year 1 Teachers