Learning about the Birds in Our Garden

Wed 31 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 human rights, as well as respect for the environment.

Article 31 (leisure, play and culture) Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

As our learning about ‘growth’ has evolved we have turned our attention to what is growing and living in the garden. The children talked about plants and very small bugs. We decided to take a walk around the school grounds and experience other living things. We noticed that there were birds living there too. The children were keen to find out more. It was a very windy day when we went on our walk and we only noticed larger birds such as seagulls and jackdaws. On return to class, we found out about 5 common garden birds that may have been hiding in the trees and hedges. The birds we focused on were robin, chaffinch, blackbird, sparrow and blue tit. We learned how to identify them and some of their special features. The children listened to a story about what the birds prefer to eat and how each of the birds found their food. The children learned that some birds are ground feeders such as black bird and others prefer to hang from a perch to feed. We even tried getting the worms to come up from the ground just like blackbird does! While out on a walk we also found feathers. We thought about the garden birds that we had been introduced to and decided which birds the feathers might belong to. Some children brought the feathers back to class and used them in their creative play. We still had not found any birds from our information book so we all decided that maybe we should use our knowledge to attract the birds to our garden. The children considered the kinds of foods the birds enjoy and set out bird feeders to see which of our feathered friends would appear!