Using nouns and joining words to write about minibeasts

Home learning focus

To write a fact file about minibeasts using nouns and joining words to make sentences more interesting.

This lesson includes:

  • a video about nouns and an introduction to joining words

  • a video about about minibeasts

  • three activities to try at home


Watch this short video to remind yourself about nouns.

Find out about nouns with Leroy the Lizard Monster

When writing sentences you can use the word 'and' to join sentences together.

For example: 'I went swimming. I saw my friends.' could become 'I went swimming and I saw my friends.'


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Watch this video about minibeasts and then try the activities below.

Discover different minibeasts

Activity 1: Let's make a list

How many different minibeasts did you see in the video?

Write some short sentences saying which minibeasts you saw. Write as many as you can like this:

  • I saw a snail.
  • I saw a spider.

Once you've listed as many as you can, try using the word 'and' to join sentences them together. For example:

  • I saw a snail and a spider.

Activity 2: Making a fact file

  • Get a piece of paper and fold it in to four quarters (ask someone to help you if needed).
  • Choose three minibeasts from the video and give each one a name.
  • Now write a sentence about each one making sure you use the word 'and' to link ideas together. For example: Sally the snail has a soft body and a hard shell to protect her.

Activity 3: Let's make a game

Draw six big squares on a piece of paper and then cut out each square.

On one side write the name of a minibeast (or draw a picture of it). Then on the other side write a sentence about that minibeast. Try using the word 'and' to include more details. For example: I have a small body and I have eight legs.

Once you've done six, test the people around you to see how many they can guess.

Where next?

In this lesson you have practised using nouns in sentences and the word 'and' to create more interesting sentences.

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