Getting into… amphibians and invertebrates

Early years

Understanding the World

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Amphibians and invertebrates

Download the visual resource that accompanies the session below.

Activity A

Show learners the WWT ‘Amphibians and invertebrates’ visual.

Has anyone ever seen any of these animals?

Can you remember where you’ve found or seen them before?

Talk through the following words: size, colour, legs, wings, antennae, sting. Check all learners have an understanding of this vocabulary and then choose a few animals to describe together.

Activity B

Play a WWT sorting game. In small groups, cut round all the animals on the WWT ‘Amphibians and invertebrates’ visual and display them for the learners to see. As the adult, choose an animal and make a statement about it e.g. ‘This is a butterfly. It has wings.

Which other animals have wings?’. Ask learners to find other animals that have wings. Encourage them to observe closely, ask questions, and put all the animals that have wings, together. Repeat this with no legs, stripes, a shell etc.

Less time?

Just do section B

Have a whole afternoon?

Extend section B by playing a WWT memory game. Lay the cut-out pictures of four animals, from the WWT ‘Amphibians and invertebrates’ visual, on the table, ensuring all learners can see them. Look at the pictures, say the names and then ask learners to cover their eyes whilst you take one of them away. Once all eyes are open again, ask:

Which one has scurried away? Learners may be able to remember the name of the animal but ask them also to describe the one that is missing, before showing them if they remembered correctly. Being familiar with the names and appearances of various invertebrates, will help learners quickly identify, and describe, the invertebrates they find on their visit to WWT.

Go outside

Holding the WWT ‘Amphibians and invertebrates’ visual in front of the class, point to, and call out, the name of an animal. Learners should move around like the animal e.g. flying, crawling, jumping or wiggling.

What is the name of another animal that moves like this?