Posts Tagged ‘springwatch’

RESOURCE: SIGNS OF SPRING

RESOURCE: SIGNS OF SPRING

One of my favourite things about my own school days was the presence of a ‘nature table’ in several classes, and this is something that children in my class still enjoy today. It’s bright, colourful, changeable and interactive. With so many colours appearing and nature changing daily, Spring is an especially good time for this. One nice idea can be to provide some spotter cards or scavenger hunts for children to follow if they want to, either at playtimes or with a TA perhaps. You could even use such an activity as a stimulus for art or writing perhaps. Here is an example, focusing on some of the commonly seen signs of Spring present in many school grounds. Feel free to use as you wish; I’ve laminated some and keep them on my nature table.

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FEATHER YOUR NEST!

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14-21 February was National Nest Box Week.. However, as Spring approaches, any week is good for putting up nest boxes. If you have trees in your school grounds, why not give it a go?  As the NNBW website explains, “Natural nest sites for birds such as holes in trees or old buildings are disappearing fast as gardens are ‘tidied’ and old houses are repaired. Taking part in NNBW gives you the chance to contribute to bird conservation whilst giving you the pleasure of observing any breeding birds that you attract to your nest box”

Science-wise, you could do a good investigation into habitats with your class, studying habitat requirements and choosing the best location in the school grounds to place a nest box. Designing and building nestboxes could even be a cross-curricular DT project.

Although NNBW is over, BTO are actively encouraging continued interest in nest boxes, and their website is still active here, with lots of great resources.

In the meantime, we’ll be bringing you more Springtime science ideas soon!

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