The Great Bug Hunt 2019

First prize of an “insect day” at the school provided by the Royal Entomological Society went to the Convent of Jesus and Mary Catholic Infant and Junior School in Willesden, London

The Convent of Jesus and Mary Catholic Infant and Junior School also won the Year 1 and 2 category.

 See the winning entry (PDF file, opens in new window)



The winners of the other categories are as follows:


Year 3 & 4 – St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, Chorley

Year 5 & 6 – Templars Primary School, Coventry

They won a 'goody bag' from the RES, and all the children who entered will receive a certificate.  

The Presentation Day


“We were delighted to take part in this amazing project, which not only encourages outdoor learning and awareness of bugs in the local habitats, but also enables the children to use their scientific skills across the curriculum. The children were excited to venture into the hidden world of minibeasts around the school grounds.

They were engaged in a range of activities which included data branching, sorting, data collecting, identifying and classifying.

They were also inspired by their findings to undertake projects about a variety of bugs such as ladybirds and aphids."
Malgorzata Saiz, The Convent of Jesus and Mary  RC Infant School, Willesden


"I enjoyed leaning new facts. I know that insects have 3 body parts and 6 legs but arachnids have 2 body parts and 8 legs."

"I didn't even know we have so many bugs in our school garden!"

"I know that bees are very important so we must not hurt them.  I was surprised to see that they like small blue flowers."




The Great Bug Hunt competition is a brilliant way of bringing science to life for children and shows that 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 imaginations, 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”
Marianne Cutler, ASE Professional Development (Projects) Lead)



“Well done to all the children and teaching staff who entered the Great Bug Hunt competition this year, I really enjoyed judging the fabulous entries.  Insects and other invertebrates provide an excellent route into the natural world, to investigate the diversity of life, how animals are adapted to their environment and the important roles they play in ecosystems.”
Francisca Sconce, RES


Details about the ASE 2020 Great Bug Hunt will appear in the pages of future issues of Education in Science, as well as on the ASE ( and National Insect Week ( websites.