Bug hotel lesson plan 11-14s

This hands-on activity involves designing and building a bug hotel. Encourage reusing and recycling unwanted materials to make your hotel and 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: 11-14s
  • Subjects: Mathematics, Science, Environment & society
  • Topics: Biodiversity

Curriculum links

England (National curriculum)

Science KS3

Key Processes

Pupils should be able to:

  • obtain, record and analyse data from a wide range of primary and secondary sources, including ICT sources, and use their findings
    to provide evidence for scientific explanations (2.2.1)

Science KS3

Range and content

all living things show variation, can be classified and are interdependent, interacting with each other and their environment (3.3d)

Mathematics KS3

Key processes

Pupils should be able to:

select mathematical information, methods and tools to use (2.1d)

Mathematics KS3 – Range and content

  • the handling data cycle (3.3a)
  • presentation and analysis of grouped and ungrouped data (3.3b)

England (QCA units)


KS3 Unit 7C: Environment and feeding relationships


KS3 Unit 7D: Variation and classification


Unit 5: Data – designing structure, capturing and presenting data



Planet earth – Biodiversity and interdependence (SCN 3-01a, SCN 4-01a)


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


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

  • the interdependence of organisms and their representation as food webs, pyramids of numbers and simple energy-flow diagrams
  • how and why food webs are affected by environmental factors, e.g. light intensity, water availability, temperature, and their fluctuations


Handling data

Pupils should be given opportunities to:

  • Collect, represent, analyse and interpret
  • Data - construct appropriate diagrams and graphs to represent discrete and continuous data, including bar charts, line graphs, pie charts, frequency polygons and scatter diagrams

Northern Ireland

Science and technology

KS3 – Knowledge, understanding and skills:

Organisms and Health - interdependence of plants and animals

Science and technology

KS3 – Objective 3: Explore the importance of biodiversity, how it impacts on our lives and how it is affected by human activity.


KS3 – Handling data: the application of mathematical skills to real life and work situations.