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Home schooling - Birdwatch 2021

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12th Jan 2021

Here is another idea that you could use to support homeschooling – the great British Bird Watch 2021.

Even in inner-city areas, there are birds to be observed – they may not be the Red Kites that I can see out of my window hunting across the fields- but there will be other varieties like pigeons and sparrows that still need counting for the RSPB.

Taking part in the Great British Birdwatch will help children at home develop their working scientifical skills such as;

observing closely, measuring, identifying and classifying, collecting data to answer questions.

Whilst at home these are the types of skills the children may not be practicing quite as much as they are missing their normal practical lessons.

There are knowledge links to Keys stage 1 objectives such as

• identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals

• identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores

And in Key stage 2

• explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.

• give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics.

If certain birds are common for your students then once they have carried out their birdwatch a follow-up lesson could be based around the objective

• describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.

There is a resource pack that you can download and send out to children to save you time in creating planning. To download the pack click follow the link. 

https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-teachers/schools-birdwatch/

Download our Free Lesson Plan

This easy to follow lesson takes your class through creating a curious creature with peculiar adaptations