Bug hotel lesson plan 7-11s

This hands-on activity involves designing and building a bug hotel. Encourage reusing and recycling unwanted materials to make your hotel, take it further with a competition to find the best design. There are inspirational ideas included in the lesson plan to get things started.

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  • Age groups: 7-11s
  • Subjects: Mathematics, Science, Environment & society
  • Topics: Biodiversity

Curriculum links


National curriculum


Sc1 Scientific enquiry

Ideas and evidence in science 

Pupils should be taught: 

  • that it is important to collect evidence by making observations and measurements when trying to answer a question. (1)

Sc2 Life processes and living things 

Life processes Pupils should be taught to: 

  • relate life processes to animals and plants found in the local environment. (1c)

Variation and classification

Pupils should be taught to: 

  • recognise similarities and differences between themselves and others, and to treat others with sensitivity (4a)
  • group living things according to observable similarities and differences. (4b)

Living things in their environment

Pupils should be taught to:

  • find out about the different kinds of plants and animals in the local environment (5a)
  • identify similarities and differences between local environments and ways in which these affect animals and plants that are found there (5b)

Primary framework:


Handling data (Strand7)

QCA units

Science KS2 Unit 4B: Habitats

Science KS2 Unit 6A: Interdependence and adaptation

ICT KS2 Unit 3C: Introduction to databases

ICT KS2 Unit 4C: Branching databases


Interdependence of organisms

Pupils should use and develop their skills, knowledge and understanding by investigating how animals and plants are independent yet rely on each other for survival

  • through fieldwork, the plants and animals found in two contrasting local environments, e.g. identification, nutrition, life cycles, place in environment
  • the environmental factors that affect what grows and lives in those two environments, e.g. sunlight, water availability, temperature


Handling data

Pupils should be given opportunities to:

  • Collect, represent, analyse and interpret data
  • interpret information given in a wide range of graphs, diagrams and statistics, especially real life data



Planet earth – Biodiversity and interdependence (SCN 2-01a, SCN 3-01a)


Handling data – Data and Analysis (MNU 1-20b, MNU 2-20b, MTH 1-21a)

Northern Ireland

The world around us

Strand 1: Interdependence

How living things rely on each other within the natural world

Children are learning:

  • about the variety of living things and the conditions necessary for their growth and survival (S&T);
  • to understand the interdependency that exists in simple food chains and webs (S&T);
  • about the interrelationships between animals and plants in a habitat (S&T);
  • to understand some of the ways in which living things rely on common landscape features (G)

Mathematics and Numeracy

Handling data

Collecting, Representing and Interpreting Data

Pupils should be enabled to:

  • collect, classify, record and present data drawn from a range of meaningful situations, using graphs, tables, diagrams and ICT software;
  • design and use a data collection sheet; interpret the results; enter information in a database or spreadsheet and interrogate and interpret the results.