We provide tools for teachers and pupils to combine science, arts and IT subjects across national curricula in a comfortable and exciting way. Click here to see a lesson plan and powerpoint for schools workshops, developed in collaboration with James de Winter at the Cambridge University Education Department.
Children from a Norfolk primary school recording birds in the field.
Children from a Suffolk primary school mapped 17 species in their school grounds.
Students are filmed recreating birdsongs. This is how it works:
Click underneath to hear a recording of a goldfinch's song at full speed.
A student imitates a slowed-down spectrograph of the same goldfinch's song. We speed the film up to get an amazing likeness of the original bird.
Students create spectrographs of their recordings using Raven Sound Analysis software from Cornell University. Here is a spectrograph of the goldfinch's song (used in the videos above). Click on the arrow to follow the shapes of the song, like a musical score! Spectrographs are wonderful teaching tools that cross the boundaries between science, music and IT.
Students create a musical project based on the same slowed down goldfinch's song.
Pupils use the latest composition software to create their own work using their own field recordings, vocal and instrumental performances. Here are two short extracts by home schoolers at Brockford Barn in Suffolk.
We leave a sustainable legacy in all the schools we visit:
Planet Birdsong is not only for children! Anthea becomes a wren...
Planet Birdsong connects us to nature. We set the ball rolling with birdsong; opening ears and minds to the extraordinary creative possibilities in the sounds that colour our lives. We open up different ways of being experimental and creative, the end result being a new, or increased interest in the natural world.