Learning Event Bugs and Beasts in The Explorium – Reception

Minibeasts with Jess French / Spiders vs Butterflies with Mini Professors

Event dates

Wed 16 Oct 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed 16 Oct 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The Explorium

An exciting, hands-on look at the world of nature, with CBeebies presenter Jess French and Mini Professors. Each school takes part in both workshops per session.

Minibeasts with Jess French

Jess French Bugs

Get hands-on with some of the world’s most weird and wonderful minibeasts with Jess French from CBeebies’ Minibeast Adventure.

We take a closer look at a host of incredible creatures as well as learning a little more about their weird and wonderful lives.

Dr Jess French is a vet, zoologist, author and TV presenter. She loves everything to do with the natural world and loves teaching children about all creatures great and small.

Jess French

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Spiders vs Butterflies

Spiders vs Butterflies credit ElkimmelitoWhat’s the difference between a spider and a butterfly? How many legs does a butterfly have, and can a spider fly?!

In this workshop from Mini Professors, we’ll look at the difference between arachnids and insects, and make our own ants and spiders with modelling clay. We then use a Venn diagram to help categorise these differences.


Mini Professors sessions involve a brief introduction, two experiments, a short bespoke video, a topic-specific story book shared with the class and a final summary. ‘Mini Professors for Schools’ is a science programme that has been designed specifically for early years and Key Stage 1 children. We aim to make science fun and enjoyable for these age ranges and we are passionate about science and aim to inspire a generation. Our theme tune’s opening line is ‘Science is all around us’ and this reflects the ethos of our lessons. We feel that all children have a great thirst for learning from a young age and therefore, should be given every opportunity to develop and learn new skills and wonder at the world around them.

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Wednesday 16 October
10am–12pm or 12.30pm–2.30pm
Venue: The Forum
Cost: £3 per student. Max 60 students
For Primary, Reception

Please contact if you are unable to book the full number of places your require.

For school group bookings only