BIRD BIOLOGY! BIRDS OF PREY AT ROBIN HILL - BODY PARTS AND FUNCTIONS
Designed to support a school trip to Robin Hill Country Park
SCIENCE Lower Key Stage 2
Variants: Low Ability students
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This resource enables students to use their visit to Robin Hill to begin to see that animals can be classified in a variety of ways.
This resource links to the National Curriculum for Science, (recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways). This on-site science activity enables students to work scientifically in observing and collecting data and information about birds of prey at Robin Hill Country Park. They will use scientific terminology to explain and describe their findings.
This resource engages students with specific elements of their visit, linking their learning to the curriculum; they will gain knowledge from the Owl Show and Falconry Display and can then explore this information scientifically (either on-site or in the classroom later).
This is an on-site activity which could also be used as a follow-up resource instead, if desired. Ideally, students have learned some basic aspects about birds of prey and their varying physical characteristics before their visit to Robin Hill Country Park.
Students will experience both the Falconry Display and the Owl Show and then respond to questions in the quiz and scientific question table. They will identify the features of birds of prey, and differentiate between them.
It is anticipated that students will have an enriched experience as the environment and first-hand experience in observing birds of prey, their behaviour, and characteristics, makes the task more relevant and enhances learning.
Key Skills Practised
Students explore ways of grouping a selection of living things
Students will make accurate observations
Students will use scientific terminology to describe their findings
This resource in use on a school trip.
Students should have had some previous discussions about different birds of prey. It would also be useful if students know about different features, such as beak, eyes, talons, etc.
During the Visit
Students visit the Falconry Display and the Owl Show. Students complete the Science resource/s linked to this document. Students can work individually, in pairs, or small groups, using scientific terms to describe their observations. Students use scientific knowledge and understanding to explain their findings.
Why not complete this resource on a day trip?
The Isle of Wight can be reached in as little as 12 minutes! If you're located close to the south coast then a day trip is easily achievable...
This resource could be completed as part of the following day trip:
Amazing Adventures! from £25pp
Robin Hill is a huge outdoor space packed with fun activities which will spark any child's imagination.
The table section of the resource on page 3 could be completed post-visit back in the classroom, and could form the beginning of a larger research project into birds of prey in the UK and their characteristics.
Students will recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. Students will be able to name birds of prey that can be found in the local and wider environment, and their features.
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