Stanton Harcourt CofE Primary School
The Bug Scientist workshop was a great hit with my Year 5/6 class. From the disgusting elements of insect vomit and bug blood, the excitement of making their teacher eat a cricket and the realisation that insects are a very important part of our lives.
Sally Ann was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Her exciting presentation was infectious and the fifth element to the whole show. The children learnt so many new scientific words, including parts of an insect, thorax, abdomen and antennae; but in a fun way mixed with vocabulary such as vomit, blood and spit. Something for everyone.
It wasn’t just the children who were amazed, as we discovered how much our lives have depended on insects; whether that has been supporting a country’s economy or maintaining the ecosystem around us. Our future may even rely on insects. Hence the teacher eats an insect. It may not be live; however it still has the effect of creating gleeful laughter and horrified gasps. The message is effectively put across.
I would thoroughly recommend the Bug Scientist workshop. Not only did the children thoroughly enjoy themselves and learnt a lot; there is a wealth of directions which you could continue and build on from this knowledge, science, economic well-being, PHSCE, art, technology, geography to name but a few. I was also enthused by Sally Ann's presentation, which has inspired me to try different teaching strategies.
Anne Batten KS2 teacher, Stanton Harcourt CofE Primary School
Wheatley C of E Primary School
Wow what a wonderful afternoon! Sally-Ann is passionate about invertebrates and that energy completely enthused and captivated our Year 2 for an entire afternoon and even beyond home time. Next time we will simply have to book her for the whole day.
Woodstock Home Educator's Group
The Minibeast Mayhem Roadshow was extremely popular with all the children, and Sally-Ann adapted her workshop brilliantly to suit the different ages. The children loved to see and handle the beautiful insects. They learnt lots and Sally-Ann kept everyone involved. It really was a 'hands-on' experience and we hope to invite them back again next year.
Unicorn Theatre, London
It was a really fun, and engaging, event for both the children and adults in our audience. The interactive elements really worked well to convey the educational aspects of bugs anatomy, their diet and how bugs are necessary for different communities to survive. All this information was incorporated into a brilliant live show that included the children dressing as bugs and the grown-ups tasting some crunchy specimens. The presentation was complete with a giant stick insect crawling on our bug scientist host and this definitely added to the enjoyment and intensity. A fantastic event that sat alongside our performance of Mister Holgado perfectly. If we plan any insect themed shows in the future I will definitely be calling on Minibeast Mayhem again!
The audience and ushers were all talking about it on their way out - the ushers are hard to please!
Watchfield Primary School
Thanks so much for coming in and sharing your wonderful bugs with us last Wednesday! You were so generous with your time and my class of Year 5 children were kept captivated for a whole afternoon! They loved having the opportunity to handle all of the different animals and observe their behaviour at such close quarters. When we returned to the classroom every single child was bubbling with all the scientific facts that they had learnt about these wonderful creatures and the surprisingly large role that they play in our lives! You have inspired lots of budding entomologists… thank you once again!
Longcot & Fernham Primary School
The 'From Farm to Fork' workshop was brilliant - Sally-Ann came to explain about the importance of growing healthy crops and good farming practice. My KS2 class were thoroughly engaged and learnt so much from this visit. Everyone was able to participate in the activities and could not stop talking about what they learned. I can thoroughly recommend this experience - it definitely is worth every penny!
Berinsfield Primary School
We loved our session and it gave rise to lots of interest in bugs and minibeasts as well as inspiring the children to do some amazing writing too. All I can say is all of our children benefitted from the experience and some overcame some fears to touch and handle your insects. It really is an amazing session where children took onboard a lot of information about your invertebrates and then went on to use this in their play, writing and to extend their learning. You really pitched at the perfect level for the children and I think because of that they retained so much more information and still refer to the session a month of two down the line.
I look forward to booking you next year.
The Portsmouth Grammar School
Thank you for a wonderful afternoon last Friday. Your minibeast workshop was fabulous and kick started our new topic perfectly. Your knowledge is amazing and all the staff learnt so much from you and your interest and enthusiasm was contagious. The children are now so excited and interested about the insects and it has inspired them to research and write fabulous fact files which is wonderful when they are only 5 and 6 years old. We definitely have new respect for our invertebrate friends.
With this in mind, we would love you to come to visit us again next year.
Crofton Anne Dale Infant School
A big thank you to Sally-Ann for the fantastic day that she spent at our school. Her enthusiasm for the mini-beasts was infectious and she captivated the children from Reception to Year 2 for the whole day! Pupils and teachers alike were wowed by the various amazing mini-beasts they met and were able to handle. Sally-Ann’s wealth of knowledge has helped us enrich the curriculum for our children and has inspired many to go off and independently research bugs that have captured their interest. Everyone just wished they could have spent more time with Sally-Ann and her mini-beast team. We would love her to come back next February, but for 2 days next time please!
Faringdon Junior Young Farmers Club
Thank you for your fantastic talk on your invertebrates. It was very interesting. Being able to hold the insects was really good. We learnt so much and it was a lot more fun than our science lessons at school. We were surprised as to how many different types of cockroaches there are - a lot of us thought there were only Hissing Cockroaches.
We all really enjoyed the evening and found it very interesting. Thank you very much!
Roves Farm Visitor Centre
A great variety of insects in all shapes and sizes were available for our visitors to see, they were also given fantastic opportunities to hold some of them.
Everyone, no matter of their age, were absolutely captivated by the bugs and the roadshow certainly added to our own static attractions.
Sally-Ann's knowledge, enthusiasm and fondness for her bugs is amazing. Her ability to talk and teach any age group is a true skill.
We would welcome Sally-Ann and her Minibeast Mayhem back to the farm anytime.