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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: National Tree Week Celebrations!

    Are you ready to take part in the UK’s largest tree celebration? National Tree Week begins this Saturday, 24th November, and runs until 2nd December, giving you plenty of time to get involved in many of the organised activities running all over the UK, or to have fun taking part in your own tree...
  • Blog Post: Children want more nature know-how

    Last year the RSPB showed the wide range of benefits to children of them having contact with nature. Our ‘Every Child Outdoors’ report brought together lots of research on the positive impacts on children’s learning, physical and mental health, and development of interpersonal skills...
  • Blog Post: Brand New Youth and Education Award in Scotland

    The Nature of Scotland Awards returns for a second year to celebrate excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in Scottish nature conservation. This year, the awards also include, for the first time, a category recognising the important work that schools or youth groups undertake to nurture...
  • Blog Post: Youth Participation - Lessons from Malaysia!

    Ross Watson, RSPB Operations Team Leader at Abernethy National Nature Reserve, is about to go on the trip of a lifetime. Find out about his journey to Malaysia for the World Youth Foundation Conference. From Abernethy to the Rainforest This is something of a first for me - I have never written...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: RSPB Kelvingrove: Glasgow’s schoolchildren get creative

    Glasgow’s schoolchildren have been celebrating Scotland’s amazing wildlife with an art competition organised by RSPB Scotland. Drawings, painting and sculptures were created as part of the RSPB’s annual Big Schools’ Birdwatch (which this year runs from 16-30 January) and all...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Outside spaces

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: The Big Schools’ Birdwatch group is moving

    Exciting news! We are pleased to announce that the Big Schools’ Birdwatch group is moving, to be part of a bigger and better RSPB ‘Learning’ group! From 1 September, the new group will be active and you’ll be able to read regular blog posts from RSPB education and youth staff...
  • Blog Post: 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'...
  • Blog Post: Getting to know a new class?

    Many of you will be gearing up for the start of your new school year, a new class, maybe even a new school or role within your department, and will ultimately have a lot to think about and plan in the months ahead. I hope you will find what gets posted on these pages now and in the coming months useful...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Nature's decorations

    Now the colder weather is upon us, and December is approaching, it's time to start thinking about Christmas! I'd love to hear what eco friendly Christmas decorations you make with your children - there's nothing quite like bringing the outdoors indoors at Christmas, and it would be lovely...
  • Blog Post: Get ready for Feed the Birds Day on 29 October!

    Over the last few days here in Birmingham, it has properly started to feel like Autumn. I love this time of year. The golden sunlight showcases nature's beauty brilliantly and forces you to look more closely at tiny details you haven't seen before. I love the cool crisp air in the morning. I...
  • Blog Post: A Right of Childhood?

    Should all children be given the right to access – and enjoy – the countryside? Here is an interesting short article suggesting just that, as well as talking about the many benefits we all know this brings. However, while I am convinced that all children should have regular contact with...
  • Blog Post: Keep calm and carry on

    If you think that sometimes the youth of today need a bit of inspiration to persevere when something becomes a little harder for them to achieve, especially in todays culture where instant results are expected, then show them this clip for a bit of motivation. It just goes to show that everything...
  • Blog Post: Free range education with the RSPB

     The RSPB has some great facilities to enable young people get the most out of their education, whether they are educated at school or at home. Our reserves are a great place to take your children to enable them to explore and learn about the natural world that surrounds them. Ian Wrisdale...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Peer Education through the Big Schools Birdwatch at Duddingston Primary, Edinburgh

    One Primary 5 class at Duddingston Primary in Edinburgh took part in the Big Schools Birdwatch this year, after being encouraged by one of their own pupils, nine year old Johnny Blairford . Julia Horton , from the Times Educational Supplement Scotland , joined in the fun, and you can read her full report...
  • Blog Post: Something To Prize

    On a sunny Glasgow morning last week, a new friendship was formed between RSPB and one of Scotland’s most urban schools. The Glasgow Academy were winners of the prize draw which took place as part of the Big Schools Birdwatch 2013 , and invited RSPB along to speak about the Big Schools Birdwatch...
  • Blog Post: Edinburgh Phoenix Group "Think Big"

    After launching in spectacular style this summer, the Edinburgh Phoenix group’s first project was to take part in reviving a walled garden at Hermitage of Braid, a local nature reserve in their area. The young people plan to create a raised bed for native Scottish wildlife, designed in particular...