Oakley Vale Primary School

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Reception invites some new members into their class in the shape of some spring chicks

Reception invites some new members into their class in the shape of some spring chicks

Students in Reception have enjoyed having some new members in their classroom over the last few weeks in the shape of some eggs that they have gradually watched hatch into chicks.

The project is part of their termly topic ‘Paws, Claws, Feathers and Whiskers’ and the students have been learning about the life cycle of chickens and now have 10 chicks in the classroom.

One Reception student Finlay Richardson said ‘It’s been lots of fun having the chicks in the classroom. They got out of their eggs by pecking the shells. At first they were in something called an incubator, which made the eggs nice and warm so that they could hatch. We weren’t allowed to touch them when they were just eggs but now we can stroke them.’

Reception teacher Miss Polly Murdock said ‘Part of the curriculum is ‘understanding the world’ they have to look at life cycles of animals so it has been nice for the students to be able to actually see it in real life and to understand that eggs aren’t just something that you buy in a supermarket. Some of the children might not have ever been to a farm park so it has been exciting for them to come into class every day and be able to see the chicks hatching and growing.’