The children have now started receiving replies from various people who they wrote to about their project. The first letter to come back was for Josh and was sent from SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH!!!! WOW! Sir David Attenborough praised the project and the work the children had done.
The next letter was sent to Craig and this was from SNH. SNH were delighted to be updated on the project and sent goodies for the children (pencils, rubbers, notebooks and wildlife posters).
Lauren received a lovely letter from The Prince of Wales.
The RSPB wrote to Nathan and congratulated him on his learning and detailed a similar tracking project they are involved in with birds called lapwings!
Falkirk High School were so impressed with the learning Sophie has taken part in, they sent a letter of praise as well as a certificate and awarded Slamannan Primary School as ‘Scientists of the Day’.
The children wrote beautiful letters detailing the first part of the ‘Where Have You Bean Goose?’ project. Using the internet and our own knowledge, the children researched addresses of possible interested letter recipients so our learning could be shared with the wider community. Although the letters were completed in December, we waited until January to post them to prevent them being lost at the busiest postal time of the year!
Slamannan Primary School was shortlisted as a finalist for the Scottish Education Awards for the Where Have You Bean Goose project in the Learning through Technology category. Although the project did not win the category, the achievement of being shortlisted for such a prestigious education ceremony was fantastic!
In May 2013 the children of both classes held a massive Where Have You Bean Goose event, showcasing all our amazing work to the various partners involved at various points. We have visitors from SNH, RSPB, BGAG, Falkirk Council as well as parents and carers. Everyone was amazed at the interdisciplinary learning opportunities this project provided and encouraged.
To demonstrate our learning about Bean Geese, P4/5 and P5/6 have created board games. Some children based their board games on their own favourite board games such as Snakes & Ladders and Monopoly. Building into Literacy work, the children had to then write the rules to play the games and trial them.
We have been receiving regular updates from the RSPB and SNH about the Bean Geese. They started their migration back to Scandinavia in February and the four Bean Geese fitted with trackers have landed safely in Denmark and it only took 1-2 days! WOW! One of the geese has shown signs of moving further North where it is colder. I wonder if we are going to find out where Bean Geese breed…
You can use the following hyperlink to track the Bean Geese yourself:
The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Vane Farm on Friday the 22nd of February 2013. During this visit Judy and Craig (RSPB staff) gave the two classes a tour around the site. During the tour the children identified different types of habitats around the site (woodland, grassland, swamp / marsh land and open water), identified nest boxes, bird watched from a hide, filled up seed & nut feeders to help small garden birds and walked to the top of a hill to enjoy looking over the full Vane Farm site.
Mrs Murray took us on a wild goose chase when she drove the minibus around Slamannan looking for Bean Geese. With the help from the RSPB and a local farmer, we eventaully found the geese grazing just behind the school!
The RSPB demostrated to the classes how to use GPS when collecting data about birds. We took our learning outdoors and pretended to be birds. Using GPS, the children were able to record their movements when ducking and diving for food!