A Visit from Kielder Bird of Prey Centre

Tue 30 Jan 2024 | Reception, Science

Article 28 (right to education) Every child has the right to an education.

Article 29 (goals of education) Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for the environment.

We were very excited when Shane came all the way from the Kielder Bird of Prey Centre today. He brought along with him some birds of prey including owls and a turkey vulture. The children knew that they needed to be quiet and calm when they were introduced to the birds and were very gentle when handling them. The children learned that they needed to wash their hands after handling too and could talk about germs when handling animals.

Shane taught us all about the features of the birds and where they had come form in the world. He explained that the owls with yellow eyes hunt in the day time, those with orange eyes hunt at dusk and dawn and those with very dark eyes are night time hunters. We loved Mark (the vulture) and we learned that vultures eat dead animals and they are important because they help to keep the world a clean place.

We were able to handle the birds by stroking their feathers gently. The feathers felt very soft. Some of the children were bit nervous at first but soon built courage to hold and stroke them. The children asked Shane lots of interesting questions to find out more about where the birds lived, what they eat and how well they get along together.

After the visit, the children were really excited to find out more. They looked in information books and they extended their knowledge through creative play. Look at our pictures to see how much we enjoyed the day.