Yr 5: Beast Creator ILA's Week 1

Good afternoon, Indigo Class.

I hope you have seen the Beast Creator blog from earlier this week. If not, please go back and look at it.

This week, the LI is:

I know the names of some deadly mini beasts and how they are a threat to other living things.

Can you find it on the Knowledge Organiser?

Why do you think some mini beasts are so deadly?

It is because they are protecting themselves from predators - any other living thing that might kill them and eat them.

Here is a list of ways that some mini beast protect themselves, with examples:

Bright warning colours - ladybird

camouflage - peppered moth

mimicry (copying the pattern of another animal) - peacock butterfly

playing dead - Click beetles

poisonous bites - black widow spider

stings - wasps

sprays - bombardier beetles

strong mandibles - army ants

Can you think of any more mini beasts you know of which do these things to protect themselves?

Task: Watch this clip here to find out more and see some examples.

Mini beast are AMAZING aren't they!

Here are your Independent Learning Activities for this week. Choose one or more to do:

1. Create a colourful poster about mini beasts and how they protect themselves from predators. Include some examples with illustrations. You will need to do some research on line or from a book.

2. Go on a mini beast safari: Visit a park or your garden and look carefully for mini beasts. You will find them buzzing around in the air, on plants, under stones and logs, in brick walls and in the grass. How many mini beasts you can find? Look carefully at them, note down the colour, number of legs, its size, shape, type of eyes, how it moves and what it is doing. Sketch it and record some details about it. Can you identify them? Record information about at least 5 different one's. Perhaps you can create a chart to collect the information before you go out to look.

Remember, while you are outside, be respectful of the environment and the mini beasts:

 Be calm and quiet – otherwise they will all run/slither/fly away!

 Be gentle – they are delicate so do not squash them.

 Do not touch their wings.

 If you move rocks or logs make sure they go back exactly as you found them.

 If you do pick any of the minibeasts up they must be returned to the same place.

3. Watch this clip here and then create a booklet (fold a piece of A4 paper in half) describing the 3 ways you can tell if an animal is an insect. Make sure it is neat and colourful. If you don't have A4 paper, do it in a notebook.

There are more insects in the world than any other type of animal.

Insects are a type of mini beast. Mini beasts do not have backbones like us. They do not have a skeleton inside their bodies. They are called INVERTEBRATES. We will find out more about that next week.

Have fun,


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