Lost Owls - Teachers' Notes

Lost Owls is a simple adventure game for young children. 

Once you have downloaded the game double click the Lost Owls icon to launch the program.

In the first instance this game is best used as a teacher led activity with a small group of children.

Mother owl has lost her owlets. Let young children explore the locality, find the baby owls and return them to the nest. This game provides opportunities for speaking and listening, developing directional language and other early geography skills. 

As you explore the locality you will see a simple compass rose in the top left hand corner, marked with the letters N, E, S and W. Encourage children to draw a simple map to show the relative positions of the different locations. When they have explored the whole locality and marked each scene on their plan you could ask questions such as “where will we be if we go north from here?” 

Animals and baby owls appear randomly in different scenes; the same animal does not always appear in the same location! The time also varies randomly between day and night.

After pupils have explored the game they could use a program with a word bank to write about it. 

Some talking points when looking for the baby owls
Betty Lumley
Vice Chair, MAPE

1. Use a grid based on the map to plot the route as you search. Reference all the time to north, south, east and west. If appropriate go on to right and left turns. Develop the idea in
the playground or PE lessons. Go on to use Pixie or small robots.

2. At each location discuss what sort of place it is and what else, in addition to what you can see, you might find there. What people might live or work there? Would you like to be there? Why? Why not? Can you see the things that people have made?

3. At the church discuss RIP and what it stands for, talk about other acronyms familiar to children BBC, ITV, RAC, etc. Go on to discuss initials.

4. Talk about 3 bar gate, how did it get its name? Why is it like that? Can you design a 5 bar gate? Can you design a 7 bar gate? Why does the farmer need the gate?

5. Discuss what makes a barn different from a house and what were they used for.

6. How are things different at night? Why? What can you actually see at night? Discuss how you feel at night, is it different in the country to the town. Noises of the night? Look at the stars. They have patterns. You can see the special patterns in the stars one night and then the same the next night.

7. Draw a picture of the owls when they are all safe on the branch. How many eyes can you see? How many beaks can you see? How many legs can you see? Why do the baby owls need to be with their mummy? What does the mummy owl do for them? Is there usually a daddy owl?

8. At the bus stop ask how many children have been on a bus, what is it like and how is it different from travelling in a car? 

9. When looking at the garden scene discuss what else could be in the garden. Children could design their ideal garden or flower-bed, deciding whether they want a useful or pretty garden or both.