30 days to go to Insect Week
The winners of this year’s Great Bug Hunt competition have been announced! The competition, brought to you by the Association for Science Education (ASE) and supported by the Royal Entomological Society (RES), takes science learning out of the classroom and brings it to life outdoors.
“The Great Bug Hunt competition is a brilliant way of bringing science to life for children and shows that you can go on a journey of discovery in your own backyard. Not only does the competition do a great job of capturing children’s imaginations, it also fits in well with the science curriculum. Using the natural environment when teaching is an important part of science education and something the ASE strongly advocates through its Outdoor Science Working Group” (Marianne Cutler, ASE Professional Development (Projects) Lead).
The winning entries were chosen by a team of judges, including Francisca Sconce from the RES and Rebecca Dixon Watmough from the ASE.
The children explored habitats to discover and record some fascinating invertebrates. Their finds were then explained and displayed in workbooks, posters and factsheets using graphs, photos, pictures and poems.
“We were delighted to take part in this amazing project, which not only encourages outdoor learning and awareness of bugs in the local habitats, but also enables the children to use their scientific skills across the curriculum. The children were excited to venture into the hidden world of minibeasts around the school grounds.
They were engaged in a range of activities which included data branching, sorting, data collecting, identifying and classifying.
They were also inspired by their findings to undertake projects about a variety of bugs such as ladybirds and aphids. (Malgorzata Saiz, The Convent of Jesus and Mary RC Infant School, Willesden).
"I enjoyed leaning new facts. I know that insects have 3 body parts and 6 legs, but arachnids have 2 body parts and 8 legs." (Jack).
"I didn't even know we have so many bugs in our school garden!" (Nichole).
"I know that bees are very important so we must not hurt them. I was surprised to see that they like small blue flowers." (Axel).
“Well done to all who entered the Great Bug Hunt competition this year. I really enjoyed judging the fabulous entries with Rebecca, and I was impressed how Jackfield incorporated insects into their DT week. Insects and other invertebrates provide an excellent route into the natural world, to investigate the diversity of life, how animals are adapted to their environment and the important roles they play in ecosystems.”
(Francisca Sconce, RES)
Details about the ASE 2022 Great Bug Hunt will appear in the pages of future issues of Education in Science, as well as on the ASE (www.ase.org.uk) and National Insect Week (www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk) websites.