Year 4 Jellyfish - Bug Hunt


In Science last week, our pupils undertook and adventure that saw them follow in the footsteps of the great Sir David Attenborough! Our experiment this week included a "bug hunt" where our pupils ventured into the wilds of the playground to locate and capture a range of invertebrates that lived there. First of all, our naturalists got equipped with the tools required for the experiment. Each pair was given a small net, plastic cup and magnifying glass to locate our bugs. Once we had wrapped up warm against the elements our brave band of explorers set forth into the wilds of Boarshaw's playground. 



After the pupils got outside, we had to decide where we thought our bugs would be lurking. The sensory garden and pond were identified as the location where most bugs would be hidden. The pupils quickly captured a number of woodlice, spiders and worms which were carefully caught and placed in plastic cups. Most bugs were found hiding under piles of rotting wood or in the raised beds near the pond. After twenty minutes most of the pupils had captured at least one creepy-crawly each. We then returned to class to complete the experiment. 


Once back inside the class, the pupils used their magnifying glasses to help identify the various features on their captured bugs. Most of the bugs captured all had heads, thoraxes and abdomens. However there was a great difference in the numbers of legs and antennas each bug possessed. Some creature had fearsome fangs and mighty mandibles. A captured Daddy Long Legs even had a proboscis a feature shared with the wild Haggis that inhabit the Scottish Highlands! Finally, our bugs were returned to the wild none the worse for having helped Year 4 Jellyfish complete their science experiment.