School kids watching birds

I Spy Wildlife

There are bound to be lots of animals using your school grounds - especially when they think there's no one around. Do you know what they are?

Your school may be home to lots of animals and yet more may visit for food. But do you know they are and how many have you seen? This activity is about getting to know the wildlife around you. Animals can be very shy so you may have to think about ways of watching that won’t disturb them.


Are you doing this activity as part of your Wild Challenge? Take a look at your progress and go for gold!


This activity supports the following subject: Science, English, PSHE.


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What do I need?

  • Binoculars are useful, but not essential
  • Supporting resources to help identification. 
  • Pens, pencils, paper to record findings and feelings

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School child using binoculars to complete a Wild Challenge

What do I do?

  1. Think about how to get the most from this activity. You could use this activity as the basis of a creative writing task. What secret animal worlds might there be? What creatures come out at night when they think there are no people about? Or you could explore this as a PSHE activity. What happens when you stay still and silent? What animals do you notice and what do you notice about yourself?
  2. Find a quiet area to sit, try to make yourself as quiet and still as possible.
  3. Keep your senses tuned in for signs of animals.
  4. Record what you see. You can use the ID guides to help you. You may also want to record your feelings. Discuss your findings when you are back in class.
  5. Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo, drawing, tally chart or graph to help earn your award.
Mother watching daughter colouring in notebook with Puffin binoculars beside them

Completing the activity

Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading your photos or drawings of the species you saw or maybe a tally chart or graph showing the different species.

Get them thinking

Here are some prompts to help with learning:

  • How do you feel about staying still, silent, and focused for longer than you are used to?
  • Have you spotted anything you wouldn't have normally have noticed?
  • What do you think the day-to-day life of the wildlife you have spotted would be like?
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