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Lockdown Learning

If you are on your second round of home schooling, we hope this page and the resources within it will be helpful to your child's learning journey.

The natural world offers limitless opportunities to learn and it's also a great way to connect with our children whilst having fun along the way. 




Our resources

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Puzzles - Follow the link, choose the difficulty level and get solving!

NEW  Shelduck swimming puzzle
NEW  Turnstone puzzle
NEW  Resting lapwing puzzle
Resting oystercatcher puzzle
Male mallard duck puzzle
Herring gull puzzle

More activity ideas

Design a wildlife home - From hedgehogs to hawkmoths, and birds to bugs, lots of wildlife are waking up from hibernation and looking for a home. Do some research online and give them a helping hand building them a home!

Watch a wildlife webcam - Check out the secret lives of birds and animals.  What do they do when no one's watching? 

Get arty - try getting up close to bugs and insects in the back garden and sketching them? Or paint a garden animal; hedgehogs, robins and foxes all make great subjects!  See the download above for steps to draw a seal, a blue tit, a snail and a mouse. Bird drawing
For some colouring in, print off our bird colouring sheets above and design a funky looking coastal bird. Or, if you don't have a printer, see this great website for online colouring (we've chosen to direct you to the animals page where there are lots of birds and marine creatures) -

Make a nature collection - Children love to collect things so you can help them learn about the natural world by collecting feathers, pinecones, leaves, shells and twigs. Fun for all ages.

Listen to a dawn chorus - Got kids bouncing out of bed before sunrise? Take them outside to listen to natures finest symphony.  Tickets are free and at this time of year you have a front row seat! Males will be out competing for territory and females in the annual mating game! You can then try to identify the calls here -

Get creating - How about get the young ones to write a nature poem, song or story? Or maybe design a wild wordsearch or draw a maze or join-the-dots?  Brothers, sisters and parents alike will be amazed, astounded and baffled at the lines and puzzles that have been invented.

Find tracks and signs - With most either nocturnal or difficult to spot, mammals can be tough to get to know.  However, many will leave evidence and a good wildlife detective should be able to identify the tracks of deer, badgers and foxes. Take pictures of the tracks and research them online.

Pond dipping - All you need is a net and a large plastic container, and you can unlock a hidden world of underwater wildlife.  Great for young children who like to get messy, coming face to face with a tadpole, newt or a dragonfly larvae is an encounter a child will never forget!

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