The school links programme aims to give students an introduction to falconry and widen their knowledge of worldwide falcon conservation programmes. Established in 2011 as part of the Mongolian artificial nest project, the programme currently links thirty eight schools in nine different countries.
To participate, schools will need to provide the name and email address of someone who will co-ordinate and communicate with programme staff and link schools. This could be a senior teacher, class teacher, classroom assistant, parent helper or sixth form student.
This programme is open to schools in all countries and aimed at students aged nine to fourteen. Schools are asked to identify a link class to learn about the programme in depth and write to students in their link school. The link class will need a minimum of two hours teaching time per term to benefit from the project.
We ask that all schools select five students to become pen pals. An introduction letter is needed (click here to see example) that must be written in English. We ask that students use google translate, or similar translation program, to create letters in their pen pals native language.
Following the introduction letter, students can email their pen pals directly using their school email address. Blogs are being created between twinned schools, only accessible in school time and only visible to the students and teachers with access to the blog. We hope that this technology will encourage frequent correspondence.
Educational resources have been created giving an introduction to falconry and falcon conservation projects taking place in the world. We ask that some or all of the resources are covered in the first year with the link class. The resources are aimed at Yr6 (10-11yr olds). They can be easily adapted to suit any age or ability, consisting of a PowerPoint, student worksheet and teachers notes and available to download from this website in English, Mongolian and Arabic.
Implementing the programme
There is no set way to teach this project. This is an international programme incorporating schools with varied curriculums and aims, thus the delivery has to be flexible. Schools have presented the programme in the following ways;
Embedded the programme into the curriculum, developing units of work for science, life skills, English or citizenship lessons:
As a lunchtime club,
As an end of term activity day,
As part of a gifted and talented initiative,
Used with selected students as part of an additional curriculum.
A Facebook group closed page is used for teachers and administrators to share information, ideas and examples of student workers. Once accepted onto the programme you will be asked to join this group.
www.facebook.com/schoollinksprogramme shows photographs, students work and events. Students photographs will not be displayed on this page unless parents have signed the E-safety consent form (download form) This page will only state the school when referring to students work or images, names of individual students will not be displayed.
Website School Page
Each participating school has its own page on this website to show specific school information and students work. Blogs will be accessible from this page and password controlled by the link class teacher
An annual newsletter is produced in Arabic, Mongolian and English for staff, parents and students who do not have internet access. Past newsletters are available on the ‘news’ section of this website.