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A natural curriculum?
The Department for Education is currently consulting on a new national curriculum for England – you can find lots more information here , including how to respond to the proposals (by 16 April). The RSPB is preparing a written response to the review, as well as coordinating a partnership response...
20 Mar 2013
Earlier this week , Ofsted confirmed it will be changing school inspections in England. This follows the move in January this year to focus inspections on just four key areas: the achievement of pupils; the quality of teaching; the quality of leadership in and management of the school; and the behaviour...
1 Jun 2012
The Urban Birder Lands in Glasgow
Glasgow’s remarkable wildlife will be the centre of attention next Sunday (February 19) as The Urban Birder, David Lindo, pays the city a rare visit. As well as urban birding, David’s talk will also look at urban conservation issues and what can be done to help our city birds. His book, The...
15 Feb 2012
RSPB Scotland’s “Christmas Tweats” goes down a storm
Last week RSPB Scotland hosted “Christmas Tweats”, a well-attended CPD (continuous professional development) event at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The event focused on how teachers and their classes can get school grounds wildlife-friendly ready for Christmas. Teachers enjoyed...
12 Dec 2011
Big Schools' Birdwatch is coming....
Our fantastic FREE Big Schools’ Birdwatch packs will be available very soon - have you registered to receive yours yet? We have three packs available to provide differentiated resources for your age range - Nursery, Primary, and Secondary. The packs include all sorts of activities, suggestions...
18 Oct 2011
Create a home for wildlife
What wildlife lives in the grounds of your school/home/club? Do you provide any safe, comfortable homes for them? Wildlife homes can be a really attractive feature, and may also be a use for that neglected corner that you don’t quite know what to do with. They could also make an ideal project to...
10 Oct 2011
Reduce Reuse Recycle
Many of you will be pondering on ‘ reduce reuse recycle’ and how to incorporate it into your teaching and daily routine this year. I thought for this blog I would take a moment to reflect on the importance of Reuse and to give you some examples that might give you some inspiration in the...
3 Oct 2011
Big Schools' Birdwatch is back!
It’s that time of year again! We’ve just opened our Big Schools' Birdwatch 2012 web pages for you to have a look at, and to register for next year’s event. What is Big Schools' Birdwatch? I’m sure many of you visiting this blog may not have heard of the Big Schools'...
21 Sep 2011
So you’ve got your classroom all sorted, you’ve labelled the drawers, dusted the books and changed your displays, but have you thought about the space outside your window? The grounds of schools can sometimes be damp and dismal places, with little reason for cheer. However, I know some...
19 Sep 2011
What is Wildsquare?
Blogger: Sarah Newton, Youth Project Officer WildSquare is the RSPB’s new children’s nature offering. It is a national bi-monthly survey aimed at helping children to discover the fascinating nature on their doorstep without being bamboozled by technical terms, tricky identifications or...
15 Sep 2011
New school year, new plans...?
Here in the Youth and Education team we are working really hard on some brilliant new resources which will be coming your way throughout the year (more updates to follow!). However, we already have a wealth of existing resources that you may or may not know about, so please have a look if you haven’t...
12 Sep 2011
Birds of Prey fly into a school near you!
Well, I’ve mentioned already that there are some new projects in the pipeline, and here’s one of them! The Save birds of prey appeal is currently being rolled out to schools and Wildlife Explorer clubs, and is free for anybody interested to use with their classes, clubs or groups. If...
7 Sep 2011
We're on ITV Daybreak!
It's here! You might have seen Houghton Primary School and the RSPB on ITV Daybreak this morning taking part in Big Schools' Birdwatch. We hope this will be one of thousands of school taking part in our 10th birthday celebrations over the coming fortnight. You can watch Houghton Primary...
24 Jan 2011
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