The Association for Science Education
  1. Home
  2. News
  3. News
  4. Primary School Competition opens - Join the Great Bug Hunt

Primary School Competition opens - Join the Great Bug Hunt

19 March 2014

Primary School Competition opens - Join the Great Bug Hunt

Use your outdoor classroom and explore the bug world

ASE's has announced that the Great Bug Hunt, an annual competition for primary schools to explore the bug world, will be returning for 2014!

ASE welcomes the return of the Great Bug Hunt for its fourth year. The competition in run by ASE's resource website, and The Bug Man, Martin Rapley to enable Primary Schools (or classes) to explore habitats and discover the bugs that live there. With a greater emphasis on the outdoor classroom and teaching outside in the new curriculum, the competition aims to inspire children on key parts of the curriculum including the environment, habitats and adaptation.

Marianne Cutler, ASE’s Executive Director of Professional and Curriculum Innovation, said: “The Great Bug Hunt competition is a brilliant way of bringing science to life for children and shows 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 imagination, 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.”

Winning entry

Ysgol yr Ysgob Primary School in Wales won the top prize in the 2013 competition, a bug day at their school where they got to come close up with creepy crawlies such as scorpions and tarantulas.

Great bug hunt photographic entry winner 2013
Ysgol yr Ysgob Primary School 2013 winning entry

About the competition

Simply identify a habitat, explore and discover the bugs that live there, photograph or draw them and record your findings – it’s that simple – plus, with the added benefits of fresh air, having fun and covering the curriculum.

Find out how to enter the competition here

You can carry out your bug survey at any time but please submit your entry by June 20th 2014 

Prizes include:
1st - The Big Bug Experience presented by The Bug Man - Martin Rapley
2nd - Three Terrariums
Ten runners up prizes of Martin The Bug Man's Guide to Big Bugs.