Knowledge Quacks

2. Artists

Watch the following ‘You Tube’ Clip:

You will be tested on the paintings and the information surrounding them.

If you haven’t got your own computer, you are welcome to learn these in study club. Basically, you have to learn as much about the paintings as you can. Here is the order of the paintings:

  1. Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci (people question ‘ what is she smiling about?’)

  2. The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

  3. The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo ( the ‘spark of life’ is being given by God)

  4. Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

  5. The Scream by Edvard Munch (pronounced ‘Edward Monk’)

  6. The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali

  7. The Night Watch by Rembrandt Van Rig ( just known as ‘Rembrandt’)

  8. Self-Portrait Without Beard by Vincent Van Gogh

  9. Girl with Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer (this painting was the subject of a famous film!)

  10. Guernica by Pablo Picasso ( this shows the pain and horror of war – ‘the Spanish Civil War’)


All ‘quacks’ are optional and offer the opportunity for a merit award such as ‘an honours’ or ‘masters’ pass. If you wish to take part you must let Mr Thomas know.

For this quack you need to learn the names of 12 common bird, 5 bird’s eggs and bird songs. Good luck!

  1. Learn the names of these 12 common ‘Garden Birds’:

2. Big Garden Birdwatch

Later this month, on the weekend of 28th – 30th January, the RSPB are organising ‘The Big Garden Birdwatch’. Basically, for an hour you record the number of birds in your garden, or street. Details can be found on

3. Bird Song

This is the really hard part! In the following ‘you tube’ clip you will hear the songs of 14 birds.

If you haven’t got your own computer, you are welcome to learn these in study club. Basically, you have to learn as many of these songs as you can. Here is the order of the bird songs along with a few reminders on how you can remember them:

  1. Blackbird

  • A sweet, slow sound. Slightly sad. Very tuneful. Has a little break between phrases.

  1. Blue Tit

  • Some people say the blue tit sounds like bells ringing! High pitched.

  1. Great Tit

  • Sings: ‘Teacher, teacher’.

  1. Yellowhammer

    -Says: ‘a little bit of bread, no cheese…’ (the ‘no cheese’ is very soft)

  2. Hoopoe

  • Says its name ‘Hooooop pooooo’

  1. Skylark

  • A beautiful non-stop chain of sound. Full of energy.

  1. Nightingale

  • Very tuneful. Contains soft, quiet, quick whistles, then loud bursts of bubbling song.

  1. Thrush Nightingale

  • Sounds like a nightingale – I doubt that we will test you on this one!

  1. Swift

  • This is the sound of warm summer evenings. Swifts screech as they fly.

  1. Swallow

  • These birds sound like someone enjoying ‘gossiping’.

  1. Grey Wagtail

  • At the start of this song is a sound like a baby’s rattle.

  1. Chaffinch

  • People say the chaffinch says ‘chip chip cherry cherry cherweeeeeeel’ !

  1. Sedge Warbler

  • Repeats the same sound, then suddenly changes to a different tone like a jazz musician.

  1. Wren

  • Smallest bird; loudest sound. A little burst of energy!


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