How it works
An associate will visit your school, with their birds of prey, once or twice within a school year and deliver a presentation on falconry or raptor conservation. These visits can be coordinated to fit within the school calendar, specific falconry and raptor conservation events. One of the aims is to introduce falconry to the next generation and encourage interested students to join a local falconry club.
This is an international programme incorporating schools with varied languages, education policies and curriculums. Delivery of ISLP is flexible and there is no set way to teach or implement the project and will ultimately depend on how much time is available. We suggest a minimum of two hours learning time per term or six hours per academic year, to benefit from the project.
Schools presently in the link have presented the programme to students in the following ways;
- Identifying a link class or group of students to study resource topics and communicate with students in their link school.
- Embedding the programme into curriculum. Developing units of work for science, life skills, English, citizenship, humanities art and expressive arts lessons
- As a lunchtime or after school club for interested students
- As a school council activity
- As an end of term class or group activity day
- As part of a gifted and talented initiative
- Used with selected students as part of an additional curriculum
Educational resources have been created to give an introduction to falconry and raptor conservation projects taking place in the world. The resources are aimed at 5-17yr olds although they can be easily adapted to suit any age or ability. All educational resources are free to download and click here to visit.
Each set of linked schools can decide independently how they communicate with each other. Present schools in the ISLP use a variety of tools e.g.
- Create a PowerPoint or film about the school and local area. (We can arrange translations at no cost)
- Write pen pal letters and post
- Write pen pal letters and email
- Set up a blog – great for students IT skills
- Arrange online calls
- Send photographs and videos of school projects, students work and drama activities
- Share national celebration days and encourage link school to celebrate at the same time
- Share schemes of work related to heritage
- Visit the link school as a school trip
- Online lessons and meetings
The ISLP team hope that friendships will develop between pen pals and teachers who will develop their own way to communicate using smart phones, social media or similar outside school time.