During this week, schools from all over the world will be able to follow the migratory journeys of GPS-tagged Ospreys as well as having the opportunity to make contact with the other schools on the migratory flyways.
In my experience of working with the Osprey project I have been able to create lessons where students can learn about several different countries and geographical concepts within one scheme of work or over a series of different activities. The migration of the Osprey provides an ideal catalyst for creating this holistic learning experience as its annual journey takes us to a variety of different places using a route tracked and recorded on Google Earth. I have now summarised these lessons and activities I have been using with my classes over the past two years which will be available during the week for schools to use as they wish! Its not just my Geography resources that will be available on the website but there are also worksheets and activities created by Biology, Maths and Business Studies teachers really showing how the Osprey route can be applied across the curriculum. Click here to see the full resources list.
When schools register for WOW each school is added to the interactive map and will be listed as an Osprey Flyways Project School this allows teachers to get in touch with other schools elsewhere on the migration flyway. Through this project my school was able to send questions to ask students at a school at the end of the Osprey Migration route in Gambia. The students at my school really enjoyed creating questions to ask people within a completely different place (e.g. Where do you get your water?) where they could receive a 'real life' answer (at first they were in de-belief that we would get a response). A few months passed and we received the answers:
Questions from students at St Mark’s Church of England Academy, London.
Answers from Kartong School in Gambia.
How do you get your water?
We get our water supply from dugout well.
Do you have shops? How do you get food?
We got our food by farming, gardening and the local market.
What are you houses made out of?
My house is made out of Mode blocks.
What football team do you support?
My best team is Barcelona Football Club.
What do you learn in school?
They teach us good manners to behave well within the school and outside the school so that we can achieve our goals.
How many brothers and sisters do you have? (average)
I have seven brothers and two sisters (9).
Do have TV?
No we don’t have a Television, because there is no electricity in my village.
Have you ever seen an osprey?
Yes during our last field trip with JJ we saw Osprey and the Osprey migration from the book we got from the Foundation.
What are the punishments in your school?
1. Improper dressing.
2. Speaking local language while in the class and the school campus.
3. Coming to school late.
4. Fail to do assignment.
5. Sleeping in the class during lesson.
What year are you in school?
When I started school I was seven years old (7 years).
Do you have a kitchen?
Yes we have kitchen but it is local, there is nothing like Gas cooker, water ect.
Do you keep animals as pets?
Yes we have a Dog by the name of Big Boy.
How do you travel to school?
I walk fifteen minute to my school because the school is in my village, but some people walk for 5km.
What lessons do you have in school?
English, Maths, Science, Environmental Studies, Religious, Arts/Craft, French, Agriculture.
What’s the name of your tribe?
My tribe is Mandinka, but we have 8 tribes in the village.
What school trips do you go on?
Birding watching trips.
Environmental cleansing trip.
Science and maths club trip.
What language do you speak?
I speak 4 different languages (English,Wolof, Mandinka and Jola).
How many people are there in your class?
We have 53 students in our class.
What age do you start working?
I start helping my mother when I was at the age of 5 years.
What food do you eat?
Rice is the Stable food, because we eat it every day.
What’s the weather like?
Is cool during the morning and evening but HOT during the day.
What time does your school start and finish?
We start school from 08:30 to 16:10, Monday to Thursday.
Friday is 08:30 to 11:30.
How Can Your School Get Involved with WOW?
First of all have a good look at the World Osprey Week website and then click here to register your school. After this has been completed you will have access to the online teaching resources and your own editable page where you can provide information about your school and local Ospreys.