Year Two went on an excursion to the beautiful Botanic Gardens last week. We explored the amazing gardens, used nets to find minibeasts in the pond, dug for minibeasts in soil and looked under logs.

Minibeasts are small animals without backbones, known as invertebrates. They normally live outside in places that are warm and moist (wet), such as between leaves, in soil, in rotting logs and on the sides of trees. Minibeasts include snails, spiders, butterflies, centipedes, ladybugs, leaf insects, ants, dragonflies, worms, grasshoppers and much more!

Last Thursday, we were lucky enough to meet Dr van den Berg, a spider expert! She taught us all about spiders and where they like to live. Dr van den Berg’s presentation included lots of interesting photos of spiders, their habitats and a video of a peacock spider. She even brought in spiders, such as jumping and flat rock spiders, in containers for us to look at!

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What did you enjoy about the excursion?

What did you learn about spiders?

Can you find an interesting fact about a minibeast?


About Miss Ashley Azzopardi

My name is Ashley Azzopardi and I teach a Year 1 class in Sydney, Australia.
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72 Responses to Minibeasts

  1. I.J says:

    dear year 2
    I had a wonderful time at the botanic garden
    and I enjoyed looking for the minibeasts.

  2. C.N says:

    Dear Year Two,
    When we all had those cup containers,I found two silver fishes.
    I fell asleep during the way back to school, I hope you didn’t sleep in the bus as well!
    I loved it when we were at the royal bontanic garden!,I hope you loved it there.

    What did you do at the garden and on the bus?

  3. B.S says:

    Dear Yeartwo,

    I loved the bontanical gardens it was so awesome.YOU sent me an email. too I really liked catching bugs mostly I love spider now.😍.

    Kind regards,

    • Claire says:

      Hi my name is Claire. Where do you live? I live in Spring Lake Michigan. Spiders are the creepiest animals ever! How do you like them? Do you guys get snow? I love snow and thankfully we get a lot of it!!☃️

      Sincerely Claire

      • J.N says:

        Dear Claire,
        I live in sdydn Australia I first didn’t like spiders but now l like spiders. Why do you think there the creepiest minibeats ever? We don’t get snow in Australia you are so lucky.🙎🏼

        Kind regards J.N

  4. J.M says:

    Dear year 2,
    I enjoyed looking for minibets under logs and holding the worms with gloves.

    • Braeden says:

      Hello J.m my name is Braeden I have not heard of minibets. Do you have a dog a cat hamster lizard bird or what?I like to play prodigy I am a member I can acsses shiverchill mountain. Do you like to play video games? Do you have a lot of field trips or just a few?

  5. C.N says:

    Dear Year Two,
    I usually hate spiders a lot but now I know that some spiders like Huntsmen spiders are good kinds/types of spiders but I still hate spiders a lot.
    What did you learn from the visit of Dr van den Berg?
    Kind Regards

  6. J.N says:

    Dear Year Two,
    what is your favourite your minbeasts?My favourite minbeasts is a butterfly because butterflys are beautiful and gently and the wings on the butterflys come in different types of colours.

    kind regerds J.N

    • Weston says:

      My favorite minibeasts has got to be a worm. They are so interesting. I think butterflies are cool to.

      • J.N says:

        Dear Weston,
        My favorite minibeats is a jumping spider because if it looks at you it looks so cute they are also really small.🕷

        Kind regards J.N

  7. B.S says:

    Dear Yeartwo,
    I loved learning about minibeast mostly I loved learning about spiders and micro habitats I loved learning about minibeast’s.

    Kind regards,

  8. R.K says:

    Dear Year Two,

    I injoyed that I like minibeast because they are cute and funny. I also liked that I saw a moth hatched from a egg.

  9. R.O says:

    Dear year two

    I liked going fishing at the pond my most favourite thing was holding the worms it was fun but when
    We were fishing we didn’t cach anything.
    Kind regards R.O

    • Naomi says:

      Dear R.O.,
      I love to hold worms too! I have been fishing before but it was not the most exiting thing ever. I am sooo excited to be able to read blogs from Australia! I am from spring Lake Michigan.

      – Naomi

  10. A.B says:

    Dear Year Two,
    I love spiders including jumping spiders,they are very small and adorable.What did you learn about spiders when we went on our excursion?
    I also liked when we where caching Minibeasts.

    • Naomi says:

      Dear, A.B. ,
      I think spiders are sooo creepy, but I do love slugs, snails and worms. I am from spring Lake Michigan. I am very excited to be able to read blogs from Australia!

      – Naomi

  11. A.K says:

    Dear year two,
    I lloved when I saw the black shiny eels
    Thank you for the excursion.


  12. H.D says:

    Dear Year Two,
    I really enjoyed the exqursion and learning about minibeasts because it was so interesting,I saw a spider!
    Kind regards,

    • Prithvi says:

      Cool but I don’t like spiders 😬.
      How long were you at Botanic Gardens?
      I hope you reply soon

      • J.N says:

        Dear Prithvi,
        We stayed at the Botanic garden until 3.00 o ‘clock it was sooo fun!!!😀😀😀

        Kind regards J.N

    • Ava says:

      Dear HD,

      My name is Ava and I have some questions for you because I want to know more about my quad blog partner.
      What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends? My favorite thing to do on the weekend is to have sleepovers with my friends. What is your favorite candy? My favorite candy is a take 5 bar. It was everything that are in candies put in one. What is your favorite color? My favorite color is teal. What is your favorite spot? My favorite sports are soccer, basketball and free swim. What is your favorite animal? My favorite animal is puppies/dogs. What is your favorite food? My favorite food is stake but now I might not to be able to have it as much because I got spacers and I’m going to and expander and braces. But the good news is that I’m getind a expander and braces after thanksgiving. Hope that you see this and are able to answer all my questions.

      Love, Ava.

  13. M.B says:

    Dear year Two
    I love ladybugs because they are soooooooo sweet and so nice
    i wonder what is your favoutie inset and why?

    • Sloan says:

      My name is Sloan. I am from spring lake, Michigan. I have 5 people,in my family. My mom, dad, brother, sister, and me. My favorite insect is a dragonfly. My favorite sport is gymnastics.

  14. C.N says:

    Dear Year Two,
    I was excited when we went to the The Royal Botanic Garden,I was excited when we were about to dig for worms and hold them on our hands or gloves.
    What was your favourite part of the excurstion?
    Kind regards

  15. S.T says:

    Dear Year Two,
    I like that we are going to the exscursion and it was the best exscursion in the world and it was a great day.
    Kind regards
    S.T and N.L

  16. C.H says:

    Dear Students,
    I found out that the Happy Face Spider lives in Hawaii and they are non-poisonous.They also have the smiley face on their back.

    Kind Regards,

  17. C.N says:

    Dear Students,
    I found out that spiders are found on every content of the world except Antarctica,other members of the arachnid family includes scorpions,mites,ticks and harvestmen.
    What did you find out about spiders?
    Kind Regards

  18. J.N says:

    Dear Students,
    We found that there are more then 500 different genera Jumping spider familyies around 5,000 species of jumping spiders.Most people are not scared of Jumping spiders.

    kind regards,

    J.S nad B.S

  19. I.H says:

    Dear Students,
    I found out that bees are the only minibeats that give food to human.
    It can dance to show where there food is.

    kind regards


  20. H.D says:

    Dear Students,

    I found out that dragon flies lived on the land over 300 years and dragon flies do not bite people or sting.They are charming creatures and kind friends to us.In the dinosaur years, they were big as wild dogs.Dragon flies live in lots of different parts of the world.They don’t carry diseases or germs. Dragon flies live near ponds.They might be one of the most charming minibeasts.They have beautiful and colourful designs on their wings.Dragon flies wings are very clear.
    do you like dragon flies?

    Kind regards,
    C.H and H.V

  21. A.G says:

    Dear Students,

    Did you know spiders can produce 7 types of silk and how cool is that!

    Kind regards

  22. K.S says:

    Dear Students,
    Did you that Huntsmen spider. wen the big sister is big she has to fiet the mum.

  23. J.M says:

    Dear students,

    I found out that grasshoppers can do alot of damage to week grass and they can eat and dig up your dirt.

  24. D.I says:

    Dear Students,

    I found out that Goliath birdeater live for 15 to 25 years.

    Kind Reguards,


    • Maya says:

      Dear D.I.
      Hi! My name is Maya. What is a Goliath birdeater? I know that that is usaly longer than some animals live so that is impressive! How did you like your trip?

  25. M.T says:

    Dear students,

    I learnt that hunsmant spiders have a bit of vanim.

    kind regards


    • Sierra says:

      Dear M.T. What was your favorite part of the garden?
      What is your favorite animal? My favorite is a unicorn or guinea pig!
      I wish I chould go to the garden to sounds like it was lots of fun!

  26. W.C says:

    Dear Students,
    I found out that butterflies can smell with their antennae ,they don’t have lungs and taste with their feet,they can’t hear,but they can feel vibrations.
    Kind Regards,

  27. J.M says:

    Dear students,

    Fun fact butterflys lay eggs and they glue them down on leaves and the glue is very specail glue.

    kind regards


  28. Sativa says:

    Hi, My name is Sativa from Dawson School in New Zealand I really liked this story. I hope you can make more of these interesting stories!! Did you know that centipedes can live for up to six years, and have from fifteen to over a hundred pairs of legs. What other things do you know about minibeasts?

  29. S.S says:

    Dear Students,
    Did you know that Butterflies are cold blooded ,they like to be in the sun shine.

    • Mason says:

      Dear S.S
      I did not know that.That is a cool fact to learn.I think butterflies are interesting.I have seen lots of butterflies out in meadows.I also think night crawlers are interesting.They are really big.

  30. C.L says:

    Dear Students,
    I found out that huntsman spiders are confused with baboon spiders and they are both terrifying.
    I also found out that redback spiders are the most well none spiders on Australia.

  31. I.V says:

    Dear Students,
    I found out that St Andrew’s Cross Spider are named for their bright web decorations-zig-zag ribbons of bluish-white silk that form a full or partial cross through the centre of the orb.

    Kind Regards

    • Aidan says:

      Hi my name is Aidan
      Are St Andew’s cross spider poisenis?
      where did you find the St Andrew’s spider?
      Was the St. Andrew’s spider hary or not hary?
      What is your favrite type of spider?what other spiders did you find?

  32. J.S says:

    Dear Students,
    I loved when we caught bugs in the magnifying container and looked up close. I also liked catching fish in the river.

    A Butterfly has wings like a moth but the moth puts its wings together and a butterfly puts its wings out, a butterfly is a vertebrate. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings. Butterflies have the typical four-stage insect life cycle.

  33. T.L says:

    Dear Students,
    I found out that butterflys have scaly wings and 6 jointed legs and 3 body parts.

    buttiflys are cold blooded animals and have no back bones.also their body temprecure
    changes their tempreture of the sourounndings.

    Kind Regards T.L

    • Kate says:

      Hi my name is Kate that’s cool about butterflies. I didn’t know that about butterflies either. Did you like your trip? It sounds like you had a lot of fun. I wish I could have gone with you I could take trip to Australia and sneak there with you. Bye I enjoyed reading your blog.

  34. C.W says:

    Dear students,
    l found out that spiders are not insects because insects have 6 legs and spiders have 8 and l also learnt there are 4000 differernt speces of spiders.
    kind regergares

  35. vilina says:

    Dear year two,
    I like the way how you described about your trip to excursion at the beautiful Botanic garden.
    Your story is fantastic,keep it up!!!

  36. R.K says:

    Dear Students,
    When spiders are born they are called spiderlings.


  37. R.K says:

    Dear Students,
    When spiders are born they are called spiderlings.


  38. E.Y says:

    Dear Year Two,
    I hope you enjoyed our spider EXPERT Dr Vanberg. She is so smart and knows all about SPIDERS.
    Kind regards

  39. J.N says:

    Dear Students,
    Did you know that Huntsmen spiders can be a good pet because they can eat other spiders that you don’t like and that is so cool.Do you want a pet Huntsmen spider?

    Kind regards


  40. jessica says:

    Dear students,
    I found out that caterpillers they are intresting bugs. and they eat fresh things from nuture

  41. K.I says:

    Dear Students,
    I enjoy about the excursion because I get to hold peristalsis worm.And I loved hold the magnifier because I get to see all sots off things.I didn’t like using the net because I couldn’t get anything
    since it was still very fun.
    Kind regards K.I

  42. Salarina Viliamu says:

    Dear Year Two Students,
    my name is Salarina form Rm 15, Dawson Primary School, New Zealand. I hoped you students had fun at the Botanic Gardens.

  43. Brookburn Primary says:

    That looks like great fun.

  44. Jane and Alice #bezzies says:

    all that mini beast stuff sounds really exciting
    we are from England where it is super rainy sooooooooooooooooooo jealous of all that sun!

  45. kit y6a says:

    Today y6a/6b went iceskating! there was at least 1 1/2 inches of water on the ice! ! fell over 8 times and got soaked!

  46. Adam Brookburn says:

    I bet you learnt a lot about minibeasts you really looked carefully at the beasts I would love to join you on your adventure!

  47. charlie says:

    The mini-beast hunt looked great fun. Charlie Brookburn

  48. Yanni Y6a Brookburn Primary School says:

    WOW you found that many mini beasts you must be really really good! 🙂

  49. Tom (Brookburn) says:

    This looks really cool! It looks really sunny and amazing in Australia in England at the moment its raining. My uncle used to live there but he just moved back over here. Anyway I remember when I did mini-beasts it was really fun.

  50. Fin says:

    Hi my name is Fin and I’m from brookburn primary school in Manchester. I’m really envious of you as here in Manchester its winter and your in summer…. Anyway it looks like you found a lot of spiders and things (which I don’t like ) but it looks fun!

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