Primary School 5-Day Scheme of Work

Work on Ospreys will clearly have to be fitted in and around your other day routines and regular lessons. However the Osprey migration makes an excellent cross-curricular theme which can be integrated into other teaching, as well as offering a new dimension to your teaching.

Consultation with a primary school head suggested that two hours of work for each afternoon of WOW would be ideal. We have many suggestions here. You can either pick and choose those areas of interest to develop as part of your normal teaching, or alternatively devote more time to the whole Osprey migration project.

Aims & Objectives

To introduce the world of osprey migration to primary school children, using as many subjects of the curriculum as possible and a range of teaching techniques. The ultimate aim being to make children aware of the importance of the conservation of the migration routes of these and other birds, so that in the future they will be protected.

Day 1

  1. Introduction of the whole project using the website. How much detail will depend upon pupil prior knowledge. This is worth finding out. Some schools may have already had a visit, talk or presentation form the Rutland Water Osprey team.
    There is plenty of material on the Rutland Osprey website for anyone new to this subject.
    Consider reading the book Ozzie’s Migration with the pupils.
  2. Introduce and teach the key words that will be used…
    Migration, Bird, Feather, Talons, Migration Route or Flyway.
  3. Introduce and start on the activities that will be ‘visited’ every day..
    The Migration log and the Classroom Migration Project.
  4. Each pupil to prepare their individual osprey leg ring to wear during the week.

Day 2

  1. Use the Rutland Ospreys website to look at and record the progress of your chosen migrating bird or birds on the migration log.
  2. Record the progress of the chosen ospreys on the classroom map. Identify and practise the names of the countries the birds are flying over.
  3. Research the country that your classroom will represent in the classroom migration project. Start preparing suitable materials for display to represent this country.
  4. Distribute printed osprey outlines for the pupils to start colouring or painting, in preparation for the classroom migration project.

Day 3

  1. Repeat 1 & 2 from day 2.
  2. Prepare axes for a bar chart and start bar charting the distances flown each day for your chosen ospreys.
  3. Continue 3 & 4 from day 2.

Day 4

  1. Repeat 1 & 2 from day 2.
  2. Continue and finish materials for the classroom migration project.
  3. Continue with the bar chart.
  4. Make an osprey bag charm.

Day 5

  1. Hang and display the prepared materials for the classroom migration project.
  2. Repeat 1 & 2 from day 2.
  3. Complete the bar chart.
  4. Each pupil to write an individual osprey story for display
  5. Pupils to tour the classroom migration route and appreciate each others work.
  6. Making a school migration project film; A film could be prepared of the walk along the osprey project route through the school visiting classrooms and display areas.

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