Information for Schools

"I would thoroughly recommend The Big Bug Bag to any teacher of this age group as it manages to hook the interest of both the boys and the girls equally - pitching the accompanying talk at exactly the right levelů the class was bubbling with excitement and interest by the end." Carrie, Yr 8 Teacher

Pete's animals are used to illustrate a variety of fundamental ecological principles such as adaptation, classification, habitats and food chains. Seeing the bugs is a fantastic way for children to be introduced to these concepts. The sessions cover many topics from the "Life Processes & Living Things" area of the National Curriculum. Just ask if you would like the session to emphasise any particular topic.

A Big Bug Bag show can be used to inspire discussions; creative writing; art & craft based activities; movement; and a lifelong interest in the natural world.

What to expect...

  • The class sits in a circle (for the best close-up views of the animals).
  • Creatures will be brought out and shown to the children. Information (including a "WOW" inspiring fact) is given about the animal (all my talks are given in a way that is suitable for the age range of the children present).
  • Certain creatures are safe to hold. The teacher may choose 2 or 3 children to hold each of these animals.
  • Questions are welcome throughout the session.
"Really inspiring! The Big Bug Bag linked really well with the topic on Living Things. The children talked about the visit for ages afterwards" Polly, Yr 1 teacher

Key Stage Information

Sessions can be used to tie in with the following Key Stage areas:

Key Stage One

1.Life Processes
Pupils should be taught:
a. the differences between things that are living and things that have never been alive.
b. that animals, including humans, move, feed, grow, use their senses and reproduce.
2.Humans and other animals
Pupils should be taught:
a. to recognise and compare the main external parts of the bodies of humans and other animals.
b. that humans and other animals need food and water to stay alive.
e. how to treat animals with care and sensitivity.
f. that humans and other animals can produce offspring and that these offspring grow into adults.
g. about the senses that enable humans and other animals to be aware of the world around them.
4.Variation and Classification
Pupils should be taught to:
a. recognise similarities and differences between themselves and others, to treat others with sensitivity.
b. group living things according to observable similarities and differences.
5.Living things and their environment
Pupils should be taught to:
c. Care for the environment.

Key Stage Two

1.Life Processes
Pupils should be taught:
a. that the life processes common to humans and other animals include nutrition, movement, growth and reproduction.
c. to make links between life processes in familiar animals and plants and the environments in which they are found.
2.Humans and other animals
Pupils should be taught:
c. that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles to support and protect their bodies and to help them to move.
(The Big Bug Bag talk can contrast this with the fact that invertebrates have a skeleton on the OUTSIDE to support and protect themselves.)
4. Variation and Classification
Pupils should be taught:
a. to make and use keys.
b. how locally occurring animals and plants can be identified and assigned to groups.
c. that the variety of plants and animals makes it important to identify them and assign them to groups.
5.Living things in their environment
Pupils should be taught:
a. about ways in which living things and the environment need protection.
b. about the different plants and animals found in different habitats.
c. how animals and plants in two different habitats are suited to their environment.
d. to use food chains to show feeding relationships in a habitat.
e. about how nearly all food chains start with a green plant.
Horsehead Grasshopper

Striped Love Beetle

Hissing Cockroach