Wildlife recording provides many opportunities to deliver a wide range of National Curriculum subjects including Science; Maths; ICT; Literacy and Geography. It can be used to support Sustainable Schools and initiatives such as Eco- Schools and Healthy Schools.
From Primary Education to Higher Education, all ages and abilities of pupils can become involved in wildlife recording, perhaps even becoming the wildlife recorders of the future.
Recent changes in the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 curriculum will create new challenges and opportunities for more theme-based teaching and learning. Projects involving wildlife recording can provide valuable outdoor learning experiences and enrich a range of subject areas. Recording species and habitats in school grounds and local areas, promotes the enhancement of their wildlife value and provides valuable 'real life' learning experiences.
Using the study of their school grounds and local areas provides a wealth of 'real data' and opportunities for discussion and research which can then be used for classroom-based sessions.
"Every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances." Learning Outside The Classroom Manifesto
" outdoor learning can benefit pupils of all ages and can be successful in a variety of settings.... .....(it) enriches the curriculum and can improve educational attainment" Education and Skills Select Committee 2005 report into Education Outside The Classroom
"Using real-life as a basis for finding out about science and studying science in a local, national and global contexts.......makes science relevant, engaging and purposeful." Science, Personal Development and Every Child Matters