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Woodcock Watch

Inspire your students and school watching the migration of the Woodcock across Europe! This Lesson Plan series, created by Nicola Sutton, shows you how to follow individual birds as they fly across the northern countries of Europe.

Using the Game & Wildlife Conservancy Trust's satellite tagging programme your students can choose an individual woodcock to follow and see its' progress on Google maps. The lesson plans not only encourage students to follow a bird, but also to learn about their habitats, languages & culture of the countries they fly through and use basic maths to work out distances flown and speed of flight.

The GWCT offer a free woodcock sponsorship to any school so that their pupils can share in this fascinating experience, tracking a woodcock as it migrates across Europe and back again, sometimes even to the very same field.

The free school woodcock pack includes a certificate of sponsorship, factsheets and regular email updates about the progress of the school’s chosen woodcock.

Register your school

Registering is simple. All you have to do to register your school to receive a FREE woodcock sponsorship kit is email and we will contact you to discuss your free pack. Please note this is only available to direct applications from schools.

National Curriculum Links

Key StageGeographyScience
2Place knowledge
Human and physical geography
Working scientifically
Living things and their habitats
Animals including humans
3Place knowledge
Human and physical geography
Biology - Interactions and interdependencies

Further information is available here

Science programmes of study

Geography programmes of study

Welsh Curriculum Links

Key StageGeographyScience
2Skills Locating places, environments and patterns 1
Communicating 1, 2
Range Interdependence of organisms 5, 7
3Skills Locating places, environments and patterns 1, 2
Communicating 1
Range Interdependence of organisms 4, 5, 6

Scottish Curriculum Links

Social StudiesScience
Second/ThirdMTH 2-12a
MTH 2-17d
MTH 2-18a
MNU 2-10c
MNU 2-20b
MNU 3-10a
MNU 3-11a
MNU 3-18a

SOC 2-12a
SOC 2-14a
SOC 2-16a
SOC 2-19a

SCN 2-01a
SCN 2-02a
SCN 2-20b
SCN 3-01a
SCN 3-20a
woodcock watch

The resource includes lesson plans for the teacher and student workbook.


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