Topic Topic Focus Activities
1 Observing and Identifying birds Identify and name a variety of common garden, woodland and wetland birds.
2 Grouping and Classifying Group and classify garden, woodland, wetland and coastal birds by observable features.
Present your results on a diagram. Use a key or other classification symbols to complete this task.
3 Skeletons and Muscles Draw and label the different parts of a bird.
Describe how birds use their bodies and muscles to fly, see, eat and perform other tasks.
4 Life Cycles Draw the life cycle of a bird.
Identify the key stages in the life of a bird from birth to adulthood and old age.
5 Habitats 1 – Nest building Identify which plants and trees are situated close to your bird box.
Which of these are used to provide nesting materials, food and camouflage to the birds in your box?
6 Reproduction How many days/weeks do you expect to pass before the eggs in your bird box hatch?
Do incubation periods vary depending on the species of bird in the bird box?
How do the adults protect the eggs?
Do all birds lay a clutch of eggs?
7 Food Chains What do the birds that visit your school grounds eat?
Are they carnivores, omnivores or herbivores?
Create a food chain showing how the birds in your school grounds depend on the local environment to supply the food that they eat.
Do any birds in your school grounds visit other habitats in search of food? Can you find any evidence?
8 Feeding and Diet What should the birds that visit your school grounds eat to enjoy a balanced nutritional diet?
How do birds receive nutrients and water?
How does the adult feed the chicks in your bird box?
Research and prepare food for your feeder station.
9 Fledging How soon is it before the chicks are ready to leave the nest?
How many trips do young chicks make before they are ready to live independently?
What dangers face the young chick when they leave the nest?
10 Adaptation Research and find out how the birds that visit your school grounds and other locations have adapted to their environments.
11 Habitats 2 – Situating new bird features in your school grounds Map your school grounds to find which parts birds feature.
Make a list of possible bird features to add to your school grounds.
In pairs/groups prepare a presentation about your new bird feature.
Class to discuss and debate which features should be added.
12 Migration When do birds leave the UK to migrate to other parts of the world?
Which species in your school ground will stay in the UK during the winter months?
Plot on a map where some of the migrating birds that visited your school grounds will be staying.