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Bysing Wood Primary, Faversham
This is the second year our school has been involved with the Birdbox project. As a school, we have wholeheartedly embraced the opportunity to watch nature up close and personal, we have a link to the Birdbox on our school website, so everyone can tune in any time, any place, anywhere! Empire class (Year 6 pupils) in particular are spellbound by the Birdbox, as it is situated on the wall outside their classroom. They have been awestruck by the antics of some of our common British birds, for example, our ‘pet’ blue tit sitting on the classroom window and tapping at us!
Last year the Year 6 class used the Birdbox as a stimulus for a wide variety of cross curricular links such as: art – silk screen printing, sewing felt birds, sculpting wire birds, creating art work for the outside by weaving willow into the shape of a bird, constructing habitat boxes (dormouse, robin, insect hotel and blue tit box) as well as creating a bird-on-the-wire picture using ceramic tiles. Other curriculum areas: geography links – map work to track migration routes; English and science – persuasive letters to the council to help our school reduce the amount of ‘fly-tipping’, research and information reports on British birds as well as the life-cycle of a Blue Tit.
This year, as a school we have built on the links to the Birdbox across the year groups; nearly all classes this year are using the Birdbox project to support their curriculum: animals and their habitats, data handling (linked to the RSPB Bird watch), identification and classification of animals/birds, as well as further art/DT links. The Year 6 children adapted the bird mobile to make a quetzal as a part of our Aztec project.
Being part of the Birdbox project has been fantastic! It has fully engaged the pupils and stimulated a passion for British birds. All the Year 6 children are now able to identify several birds, not only from their appearance but also by their song. We were recently enthralled by the melody of a black cap and the chirping of a chiffchaff! When given any free-time the Year 6 children choose to don their coats, grab their binoculars and a chair and sit outside bird watching…….what joy!
About our school grounds
Bysing Wood Primary is a small rural school. We are lucky to have a large field, playground, trees and shrubs around three quarters of the school site. We have one main building, a recent (one year old) new build which has the woodland to the rear and one edge; there is a housing estate beyond the tree line.
We have seen a substantial number of different wildlife species on our school site: Foxes are regular visitors on the field and have been seen outside the new build. Lizards & slow worms were present in the shrub area behind the car park (this actually halted the new build for a length of time).
We have spotted a great number of birds: Green woodpeckers, Dunnocks, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Goldfinches, Long Tailed Tits, Blackbirds, Robins, Wrens, Collared Doves, Magpies, Jays (what a racket they make) and Black Caps, we’ve heard Chiffchaffs and we are debating whether we saw a chiffchaff or willow warbler!
Helen Marsh - Bysing Wood Primary