Bug hunt lesson plan 11-14s

With this lesson plan students learn how to identify common bugs; they observe their features and discuss findings with fellow students. This activity is a great way to get children working outside the classroom and is a good introduction to the Pod’s Bug Hotel activity.

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  • Age groups: 11-14s
  • Subjects: Computing, Science
  • Topics: Biodiversity

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Key concepts

1.1 Scientific thinking

  • Critically analysing and evaluating evidence from observations and experiments

Key processes

2.1 Practical and enquiry skills

Pupils should be able to:

  • assess risk and work safely in the laboratory, field and workplace
  • plan and carry out practical and investigative activities, both individually and in groups

Range and content

3.3 Organisms, behaviour and health

The study of science should include:

  • all living things show variation, can be classified and are interdependent, interacting with each other and their environment


Key concepts

1.3 Exploring ideas and manipulating information

  • Manipulating information and processing large quantities of data efficiently

Key processes

2.1 Finding information

Pupils should be able to:

  • collect and enter quantitative and qualitative information, checking its accuracy

Range and content

The study of ICT should include:

  • use of a variety of information sources, including large data sets, in a range of contexts



Planet Earth

Biodiversity and interdependence

  • I can sample and identify living things from different habitats to compare their biodiversity and can suggest reasons for their distribution. (SCN 3-01a)


ICT to enhance learning

  • I enhance my learning by applying my ICT skills in different learning contexts across the curriculum. (TCH 3-04a)
  • Throughout my learning, I can make effective use of a computer system to process and organise information. (TCH 4-04a)




Pupils should be given opportunities to carry out different types of enquiry, e.g. classifying and identifying

Pupils decide on the most suitable type of enquiry to carry out and outline the planned approach/method, recognising, deciding upon and justifying each of the
following when appropriate:

  • the number of observations or measurements that need to be made and their range and values to ensure reliability of evidence
  • any potential hazards in their work

Pupils follow the planned approach/method, revise it where necessary, and where appropriate:

  • make sufficient relevant observations and accurate measurements, using ICT as appropriate, to a degree of precision appropriate to the enquiry
  • identify, describe and explain trends, patterns and relationships



Pupils should be given opportunities to produce and use databases to analyse data and follow particular lines of enquiry, e.g. use simple and complex queries (searches/sorts)


Pupils should be given opportunities to:

  • use ICT to analyse and interpret data
  • use ICT to explore and to solve problems in the context of work across a variety of subjects

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Science and Technology

Developing pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills

Pupils should have opportunities to develop skills in scientific methods of enquiry to further scientific knowledge and understanding:

  • planning for investigations
  • obtaining evidence
  • presenting and interpreting results

Developing pupils as contributors to the economy and the environment

  • Explore the importance of biodiversity, how it impacts on our lives and how it is affected by human activity
  • Investigate what can be done to conserve and promote biodiversity, for example, school wildlife gardens / wilderness areas, anti-pollution
    strategies, habitat management etc.


Pupils should be enabled to:

  • access and manage data and information
  • investigate, make predictions and solve problems through interaction with electronic tools