Professional Education

Take part in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 2018

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16th Jan 2018

Joining in with Big Garden Birdwatch is simple and enjoyable - and a great way to fulfil some of your Biology strands from the science curriculum.
Choose a good place to watch from for an hour from 27-29 January 2018. Which classroom window gives you the best view? Perhaps rotate your children to watch for five minutes each to jot down what birds they see. This information is then collated by the RSPB to help them see any patterns in the health of British Birds in the UK.

On the RSPB website there is a nifty counting tool to help keep track of what species have been seen. The children may carry out the survey at home on the 27th or 28th with the class carrying out a survey in school on the 29th. They then can compare data.

As well as fulfilling knowledge objectives such as ’Identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals , construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.’ children will also be working on their working scientifically skills such as ‘gathering and recording data to help in answering questions’ ‘using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings’ and ‘recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs’.

Get involved with a countrywide survey is a great way to get the whole school involved and an opportunity to make links with parents as well. The data collected will be available and can be compared with previous years in a cross curricular maths and science lesson.


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