Barn Owl conservation: Literacy educational resources

Lesson ideas and downloadable worksheets

These materials can be photocopied for use in schools on the understanding that they are copyright of the Barn Owl Trust. We also have resources for numeracy and science.

Re-tell the Wings of Change story!

Literacy Storyboard WorksheetThe Wings of Change farm goes through many changes over the years. Use our storyboard sequence to find the changes and re-tell the story in your own words. Why does the farmer need to make these changes? How do the changes affect the Barn Owls living on the farm?  Are other animals affected by the changes too? Why not write a non-fiction article about how farmland has changed since the war or how the number of Barn Owls has fallen? The storyboards are available as a worksheet handout with space for writing and as 4 large images for displaying.

Download the Wings of Change storyboard worksheet.
Download the storyboard large images.


Back to top

Use new words about Barn Owls!

Learning about Barn Owls means lots of new words! Use our word mats to help you learn how to spell these new words. If you’re not sure what a word means, use a dictionary to find out and see if you can use it in a sentence. You could write a story and see how many of your new words you can fit into it! Our 2 word mats are designed for different abilities with simple words on one and more advanced words on the other.

Literacy Word Mat KS1     Literacy Word Mat KS2

Download the Barn Owl simple word mat KS1.
Download the Barn Owl advanced word mat KS2.


Back to top

Practice your owly word order!

Literacy Owly Word OrderMake sense of your sentences and learn Barn Owl facts at the same time! Can you put the words in the right order to create a sentence? Each sentence, once unscrambled, gives you a great fact about Barn Owls and how they live. Sentences need linking words to help them flow. How many linking words can you think of? Do you know how to use all of them to make your sentences longer? Use our worksheet to check how many you know and how to use them correctly in a sentence.

Download the Owly word order worksheet.


Back to top

Act a part in the Wings of Change!

Literacy Wings Of Change Dvd ScriptUse the script from our Wings of Change DVD to recap the story. Or pinpoint places in the DVD to stop and discuss what has just happened. Why not split into groups and rehearse different extracts of the script to perform back to each other? Write your own script using this one as a guide. You could create an interview between a news reporter and one of the characters from the Wings of Change story. What kind of language would they use? How would they speak? How would they feel about what is happening to the Barn Owls?

Download the Wings Of Change DVD Script.


Back to top

Persuade others to care about Barn Owls!

Use your persuasive writing skills to help Barn Owls! Think about the Wings of Change story. What problems do different characters face e.g. the farmer having a road built through his farm or the Barn Owls losing their homes? How could persuasive language help? Pick a character, consider the problem they face and then write a persuasive letter to try and stop the changes from happening. Why not split into teams and have a debate about one of the issues e.g. building the new road. Take a vote at the end and see who won using the most persuasive language!


Back to top

Want to read more about Barn Owls?

Take a look at our further reading list to find a selection of fiction and non-fiction books about Barn Owls. Alternatively, explore the rest of the website for lots of information about all things Barn Owl!

Download the further reading list.

Back to top