Home Learning 12.1.21

Good Morning everyone.

Staying with our outdoor theme again we are drawing on the work of the RSPB who dedicate an awful lot of time to preserving our wildlife which is important for our understanding of the wider world and the environment around us.

How about having a go at making a self filling water tray?

Just like us, birds need a drink. Here’s a clever way to give birds water – and your tray will keep topping itself up!

All you need is
• Plastic vegetable saucer/tray
• Large yoghurt pot
• Scissors/hole punch

1) Cut a hole in the pot about 4mm in diameter 1 cm
from the rim.

2) Fill the pot with water, then put the vegetable tray over the top

3) Now carefully turn them upside down, keeping them together. Water will flow from the yoghurt pot into the tray up to the level of the hole. As birds drink from the tray, water from inside the pot will keep topping up the tray.


We have already looked at using tally marks as one of the ways we can record and count last week. We use these in school when we are playing games and keeping a record of our score.

Today, keep a tally of the number of birds you see in the garden at some point. If you are able to spot different birds, eg. a Robin, a Blackbird or Sparrow you may be able to create a list with the tally count next to it. Remember you have to be quiet and still for a little while otherwise the birds will fly away. Your tally sheet may look like this:

This shows 7 birds were seen, one mark for each bird observed. However we can use a five bar gate to promote counting on for the children as in the following tally sheet.

When we reach five tally marks we put the fifth line across the middle making a gate. The children know the visual representation of five so can count on from five to six to seven and so on. You can then work out how many birds or types of birds you have seen.

We found this little story that might wrap your wildlife day up nicely.