The following suggested activities and the accompanying resources should give teachers ideas of how the study of owls and other birds of prey can illuminate and bring a focus to learning across the curriculum in the latter years of primary school work.
- Create a diagram of a food chain or pyramid with either the Barn Owl or the Tawny Owl at the top. What does each animal eat? What are its habits and habitat?
- Identify raptors among the bird species of the UK/your local region/ a specific local area. Find out about the places where they live – habitat. In what ways have each of the raptors developed adaptations to hunt in their habitats. Consider appearance, physical adaptations, sight, hearing and choice of prey animals etc.
- How do you recognise different birds of prey? Name the different parts of a bird’s anatomy.
Language Development and Story Telling
- Find story books that include owls as characters. Work out a “sequel” to the book.
- Some people see owls as wise, friendly creatures. Tell a story using a “wise old owl” as a character. Other people think of owls being frightening, ghost-like apparitions. Make up a story about a ghost owl!
- Put up a picture of an owl and see how many adjectives the children can come up with to describe it.
- How many words rhyme with – owl, hoot, flight, eyes.
- Owls are known for their silent flight. Develop ways of moving around without making a noise.
- Blindfold one child or get them to stand facing a wall. They are the “mouse”. See how close the others can get before the mouse hears them!
- Using the internet, find out how many
- Flight feathers bird’s have
- How many mice and voles a Barn Owl family will eat in a year.
- Find a pattern for an owl nest box and draw out the pieces needed full size. You can do this on flip chart paper or on a suitable floor/wall/ board using chalk etc.
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