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With the RSPB’s Big School Bird Watch in full flow, I thought it might be appropriate to draw together the birdie blog post I’ve written over the years. You may not be intending to participate, but it’s a great citizen science activity with the observations schools make feeding into the national survey. You are also provided with free resources, downloads and practical advice.
Tom Birch sent me a link to his blog post which describes what his Y5 class got up to during the Big School Bird Watch.
This is a huge post with lots of ideas and suggestions for undertaking a bird project with your class. It a useful starting point.
This is an example of a naturalised bird feeding area at the RSPB Mersehead reserve in Dumfriesshire. It demonstrates that you don’t need to buy lots of bird feeders.
A broad selection of ideas about using feathers and advice about gathering them.
This is an example of a homemade squirrel proof bird feeder. Often simple measures work the best! Could your children design a bird feeder?
This shows some of the bird jokes and interactive activities on the Stone Jetty at Morecambe. It is a useful source of inspiration for children to celebrate birds through literacy. What songs, games and jokes can the children find and use to help other classes enjoy and share the bird project.
This 300m walkway is also design by Gordon Young and based in Morecombe. It contains bird quotes, and other provocations. The use of different fonts and type settings adds interest and can help children consider the visual aspect of their design work.
The Coombes School in Berkshire mark an event with the release of doves. This involves children mapping the birds journey back to their homes and the time it takes as well as acknowledging the spirituality of journeys.
An explanation of how the Y1/2 class look after ducks just outside their classroom and use this as a focus for learning throughout the year.