An Insect Investigation

Insects are a diverse and interesting animal group. Yet, they are often overlooked. Insect populations are declining across the world due to threats such as climate change and habitat loss. Diverse habitats are a key requirement of insects for food, shelter from environmental conditions, and protection from predators.’ 

Bethany Hickling’s resource aims to address the importance of this insect biodiversity and abundance through centring a practical activity. This resource makes freely available 5 lessons (tested plans, slides and templates) which explore the world of insects for learners aged 12-14, to develop their understanding of biodiversity and habitats.


The author suggests conducting the lessons during the period of April to October (when insects are most active in the UK). However, these experiments and resources are adaptable to an international context. By doing so, learners can develop their understanding of the interdependence of biodiversity through insects and their habitat.


Vegetation Quadrat made on Microsoft PowerPoint by Bethany Hickling licensed under CC BY 2.0


Curriculum for Excellence: Experiences and Outcomes

SCN 3-01a:
I can sample and identify living things from different habitats to compare their biodiversity and can suggest reasons for their distribution.
SCN 3-02a:
I have collaborated on investigations into the process of photosynthesis and I can demonstrate my understanding of why plants are vital to sustaining life on Earth.
SCN 3-05b:
I can explain some of the processes which contribute to climate change and discuss the possible impact of atmospheric change on the survival of living things
MTH 3-20b:
When analysing information or collecting data of my own, I can use my understanding of how bias may arise and how sample size can affect precision, to ensure that the data allows for fair conclusions to be drawn.
MTH 2-21a:
I can display data in a clear way using a suitable scale, by choosing appropriately from an extended range of tables, charts, diagrams and graphs, making effective use of technology
HWB 3-20a:
I am investigating different careers/occupations, ways of working, and learning and training paths. I am gaining experience that helps me recognise the relevance of my learning, skills and interests to my future life.

Download and access Bethany’s resource of TES by clicking this link.  


Diagrams made on Microsoft PowerPoint by Bethany Hickling, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Cover image: Insects by Bethany Hickling, taken 2021, is licensed under CC BY 2.0



Header Image:Tree by benjgibbs on flickr, CC-BY 2.0,