RSPB Big Schools' Birdwatch - 5th January to 21st February 2022

This very successful citizen science project run annually by the RSPB is due to take place in January and February 2022.  It is an ideal opportunity for pupils of all ages to identify different bird species and count the numbers they see in the school grounds.  Details about the competition and the RSPB supporting materials can be found here.  

This collection brings together resources which can be used to help identify birds.  In addition, there are other resources which can be used to extend the topic of birds into other parts of the curriculum.  There are activities covering classification, evolution, adaptation, use of materials, and some mathematics resources more appropriate for secondary aged pupils which can show how the data received by the RSPB can be analysed, and the use of scatter diagrams.



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In these two Key Stage Three activities from the ARKive collection, students learn about why species are classified, the ways in which this can be done and the key characteristics of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. In the first activity, students play the Guess Zoo game to help them...

Battle of the Beaks

This practical activity explores beak adaptations in bird populations and looks at the way in which variation in beak shape is related to the available food sources within an environment.

Students simulate bird feeding by using a ‘beak’ to collect food and place it into a stomach. There are four different...

Birds' Nests: Marvels of Architecture and Design

This resource pack, aimed at primary learners, links to the topic areas of properties of materials, adaptation and life processes by looking at birds and the nests they build.

An introductory presentation looks at the reasons why birds build nests, different types of nests, where they are found and the...

Evolution - Darwin's Finches *suitable for home learning*

This worksheet, aimed at primary learners, looks at how finches in the Galapagos Islands have become adapted to suit the different environments in which they live. It provides an information sheet about the finches and questions to answer based on the sheet. It also contains pictures of six birds from around the...