Family Junior School
Title: School Yard Birds
Subject Area: Nature
Specific Topic: Identification, observation and recording of school
Age Range: First Class 6-7 years
- To develop awareness in
children of the everyday birds that are in their school yard.
- That the children will
recognise and name these birds.
- That the children develop
a respect for nature and the environment that they live in.
- That children are introduced
to the processes involved in writing a book (drafting, editing, rewriting
- The birds can be seen from
the classroom windows so this is a perfect learning opportunity for
- In First Class children
have reached a stage where they strive for independence in reading and
their own book allows them this freedom.
- The finished product will
be in A4 book form and each child will have a book of his/her own.
- A poster explaining the
processes involved in the project will be displayed in the classroom.
- The web site will display
highlights of the project.
Use of Technology in the Display
- Use of Microsoft Word to
present their work.
- Each child will add photos
and clipart, as he/she deems appropriate.
- Colour, borders etc. will
be chosen by each child so that each book becomes individualised.
Requirements Prerequisite Learning
- Basic Reading and writing
- Basic word processing skills.
- textbooks about birds, library
- computers with Microsoft
Management of the project
- As part of their nature
syllabus the teacher and children identified, observed and recorded
in picture and story four birds. This happened over a four week period.
- Children and teacher chose
appropriate clipart and photos of the birds for use in their book.
- Children worked in pairs
typing, editing, and designing their books. Each child produced a book
by taking turns with his/her partner and repeating the process.
The project lasted 6 weeks and was finished in mid June 2000.
- The ICT Teacher helped the
class teacher in becoming familiar with Microsoft Word.
- The class teacher and more
able pupils helped the other students with difficulties that arose.
- A Parent in the class had
vast knowledge of birds, with a special interest in Pigeons. His expertise
Evaluation Evidence of Learning:
- The children could recognise
the four birds and describe simple details of their lifestyle.
- Each child participated
in the processes involved in making a book.
- The project was time consuming
but the teacher felt that it was important that each child had his/her
own finished product.
- A lot of time was spent
training the children to use Microsoft Word.
- The teacher felt that if
the children had learned these skills earlier in the school year, other
projects and activities could be displayed in a similar way.