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Life in the Undergrowth: Mini-Beasts and Habitats

In this workshop, children will have the opportunity to explore the gardens to learn about a variety of mini-beasts and their habitats. They will learn how to identify/classify a mini-beast, what makes a good/bad habitat and gain an understanding of an insects’ life cycle. Children will also have the opportunity to participate in a mini-beast hunt and/or make a bug hotel (weather dependant). This workshop is hands on, engaging and directly supports several statutory requirements of study in the National Curriculum for Science, Mathematics and PSHE.

Course details

‘Life in the Undergrowth’ – Mini-Beasts and   Habitats


Tatton Gardens


90 minutes


April, May, June, July & September

Age Recommendation:

Key Stage 1 (5 – 7 years old) & Key Stage   2 (7 – 11 years old)

Curriculum Links:

Science, Mathematics, PSHE

Session Plan Produced:

Feb. 17, Laura Armitage (Learning &   Visitor Services Manager)

Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes

1. To understand how to identify and classify a variety of different mini-beasts

“Working scientifically” “Identifying and classifying” - Science

2. To understand the impact of seasonal changes on the natural environment

“Observe changes across the four seasons” - Science

3. To understand what a habitat is and why it is a suitable environment (how this can be improved/hindered)

“Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited (to the basic needs of the thing living in it)” - Science

4. To understand the life cycle of different types of insect

“Introduction to the process of growth and reproduction e.g. caterpillar, pupa, butterfly etc.” - Science

5. To work together with other children on shared activities

“Team activities and designation of specific roles” - PSHE

Group Size:

This programme can accommodate 12-90 children. If you have a larger group, we are happy to discuss a bespoke timetable with you.


The programme will be mainly held outside (weather depending), so our team make a final decision about specific activities on the morning of the event. However, the main themes of the workshop are:

  1. Understanding mini-beasts: identification and classification - what is/is not an insect, counting numbers of legs/wings/eyes etc, understand the basic concept of a life cycle, contextualise life cycle discussion with real examples
  2. Habitats: what animals is the garden a habitat for, what makes a good/bad habitat, impact of seasons on habitats, why does an animal need a habitat (basic needs for survival), how do habitats differ for different animals (using garden eggs.)
  3. Group activity (mini-beast hunt or making a bug hotel): mini-beast hunt (ties into theme 1), bug hotel (ties into theme 2),   children working as a team to achieve a goal e.g. to find 5 insects, to make a suitable bug hotel, to understand and respond to instructions, to designate roles within a team environment e.g. someone to dig, someone to collect leaves etc.

Our advice is to wear sensible shoes, dress warmly and for the weather. Remember - we will be outdoors for the majority of the workshop!


Make an enquiry using our Schools Enquiry form or contact us to discuss your requirements at tattoneducation@cheshireeast.gov.uk / 01625 374428.

Risk Assessment:

Information about risk assessments and our health and safety procedures for this workshop.