The world of minibeasts

Led by an experienced member of the museum’s education team, this workshop introduces pupils to several aspects of national curriculum science. Using models and live animals from our Bug House we explore invertebrate body parts.

This workshop is available to book on Fridays.

Workshop details

Pupils look at similarities and differences and how animals can be grouped together or classified. Using models, they then group together various animals based on observed similarities.

We also look at the role insects play in ecosystems and touch on other key stage aspects such as treating animals with care, growth, movement and animal senses.

We use live animals to demonstrate these concepts, allowing pupils to get up close and, using visual display technologies, to see these minibeasts in great detail.

Your pupils are sure to be enthralled by the incredible range of insects on display and will get up close and personal to spiders, insects and scorpions!

Practical information for your visit

Curriculum links

Key Stage 1 – Science

  • Animals including humans - be able to identify the names of some common animals’ describe and compare the structure of some common animals, identify and name some of these structures.
  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are most suited and describe how they provide the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants and how they depend on each other.
  • Describe how animals and plants obtain their food and from other plants and animals using eth idea of simple food chains.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Pupils will:

  • Learn the names of some invertebrate animals.
  • Learn how the animals move.
  • Learn how some animals are adapted for their environment.
  • Think about differences and similarities of animals.
  • Think about how to group things by similarities.


Pupils will be introduced to:

  • Invertebrates.
  • Animal body parts.
  • Identifying animals by similarities and differences.
  • Classification of objects and animals.


Pupils will:

  • Develop observation skills by learning how to look similarities in animals.
  • Improve their speaking and listening skills in a group discussion context.
  • Learn to give reasoned answers backed up by evidence.
  • Learn to treat animals with care and respect.


Pupils will:

  • Enjoy a focused visit to World Museum's live centres.
  • Be inspired to take an interest in the natural world and local wildlife.
  • Learn to understand that different animals live in different habitats and have different adaptations.