The RSPB's Big School Birdwatch helps children learn about nature
The Big Schools Birdwatch takes place in the first half of the Easter term. The event gives children a great chance to get closer to nature and discover lots about it and the feathered visitors to their school grounds. The results for 2017 can be found here - the blackbird was the most spotted bird. Why not have your class check out the results and then see if they can spot the most common birds in your grounds?
All it takes is an hour to watch the birds. There are specially designed resources with aCounting Sheet for ages 7-11, Parts of the Bird , and they can even make Pine Cone Lardy Bird Feeders. There are also lots more - creative resources, activity resources, games, stories and survey sheets. Plus activities to do in and out of the classroom and the RSPB also does free outreach visits as well - they are working in partnership with Aldi to connect people to the world of nature.
And you can run it as you wish - it can be project work, or part of efforts to improve your schools grounds or as the centre piece of cross-curricular studies. And theRSPB also has an amazing range of resources you can use year round so do fly over and check out their website.
Past activities teachers and children have enjoyed meant they...
Teachers have used the event for cross curricular teaching.
Literary work focused on birds; one teacher reported "we used the information we collected to carry out investigations in maths, drawing graphs, drawing conclusions from our findings, to disucss probability" while another said that taking part in the event "helped us to our green flag status"
All round, this event gives win-wins.
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