Task: Find out which insects can be found in the cemetery and identify them

The cemetery is managed for its wildlife and is a rich resource for mini-beast hunting. Try visiting in the summer months when the insects are at their most plentiful and the meadow area is in full growth.

Resources to download :

Worksheet 1 Mini beast parts
Worksheet 2 Research your insect
Worksheet 3 Insect identification
Worksheet 4 Woodlice Identification
Worksheet 5 My mini-beast
Worksheet 6 Mini-beast Wordsearch
Worksheet 7 Carroll diagram insects
Resource 1 Mini beast identification
Resource 2 Insect Identification

Classroom work pre-visit

Activity: Discuss how to handle living things (see suggestions in planning your visit). Discuss why we need to look after our environment.
Activity: Look at a picture of an insect and introduce scientific vocabulary. Students label the parts of an insect (Worksheet 1).

Vocabulary: thorax, abdomen, head, wings, legs, antennae.

Activity: In groups, compile a list of mini-beasts that can be named. Make a whole class list. Choose one or two mini-beasts for reinforcement of vocabulary.
KS1: Discuss insect chart (Worksheet 2). This will be filled out at the cemetery.
KS2: Learn to use an identification chart. Work in pairs. One student chooses an insect from the chart, the other student tries to identify it by asking questions and using the identification chart (Resource 1). These can be used in the cemetery.
Activity: Where are the best places to look for mini-beasts at the cemetery and why?

Supplementary activity: (Worksheet 3)

At the cemetery

Activity: Assign each group an area to investigate which mini-beasts are found there (see Teachers’ Hints Stops 6 & 7). Try out contrasting areas to see if there is a difference in the types of insects found in each area.
Give out appropriate worksheets (KS1 Worksheet 2, KS3 Resource 1).
Adults to collect one or two examples of live insects for use in the classroom after the visit. Woodlice are a good insect to collect for close examination (see activity below).

Equipment needed:
Clipboards, pencils and worksheets
Science equipment: catch pots, pooters, magnifying glasses, trays, identification sheets, sweep nets (if available)
(Resources can be found in Mill Road Cemetery resource box)

Classroom work after the visit

Activity: Collate the class findings and examine and compare the examples brought back.
Activity: Investigation with mini-beasts, eg observe insects in a tray that contains different habitats (leaves, soil, stones) to see which they prefer. This task works particularly well with woodlice (Worksheet 4).

Supplementary tasks:
Use Resource 2. These images can be laminated (one laminated set in Mill Road Cemetery resource box) and used as a group activity.

Literacy links: Worksheet 5 and Worksheet 6

Maths link: Carroll diagram Worksheet 7