Teachers' notes

What is this resource about?

This resource, suitable for Key Stages 1 to 3, aims to develop knowledge and understanding of invertebrates and includes an interactive game called Super Bugs, giving children the chance to create their own minibeast with the help of a cartoon museum curator called Jo!


Curriculum links

The resource covers the following areas of the Science curriculum:
  • Life processes and living things
  • Variation and classification
  • Living things in their environment
  • Investigative skills

KS1 Science - Identifying Plants and animals in their habitats

KS2 Science - Living things and their habitats; Life cycles; Evolution and inheritance - adaptation

KS3 Science - Relationships in an eco-system; Variations between species

Aim of resource: 

To support learning about invertebrates and their relationship to the environment

Learning objectives:

Knowledge of different types of invertebrate and variations between species
Understanding of how insects have adapted to their environments
Skills to identify and classify types of insect

Activity ideas:

  • Super Bugs game: The interactive game Super Bugs is a key feature of this resource is a fun way of teaching children about invertebrates.  After they have created their Super Bug they can print out a Top Trumps-style playing card to compare with friends.  It has proven very popular with learners of all ages so don't miss the chance to play!

  • Quiz: There is an online quiz in which pupils can put their knowledge of invertebrates to the test. All the answers can be found in one form or another within this resource.

  • Download: The 'Design a Super Bug' template allows pupils even more freedom than the interactive game as they are not restricted in the parts of invertebrates they can use.  Giving them the worksheet to do after they have explored the resource, done the quiz and had several attempts at the Super Bugs game should mean that they have gained enough knowledge to create a well-designed creature.

Invertebrates at York Museums Trust:

York Museums Trust has a large collection of invertebrates. For more information about the entomology collections see: Why does the Yorkshire Museum have a minibeast collection?

Linked workshop:

A KS1/KS2 schools workshop at the Yorkshire Museum called 'Funky Fossils and Super Bugs'  makes use of this collection. This resource can be used alongside a visit to the Yorkshire Museum for this workshop. Alternatively, looking at the resource on your return to school and allowing pupils to play the interactive will help to consolidate knowledge gained during the workshop.
For more information about science workshops at the Yorkshire Museum see: The Lab - an interactive learning space!

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