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Chicks, Chicks, Chicks….

What an amazing last day of term we had…. after waiting such a long time for our chicks to hatch, they did! We’d had them in the classroom keeping them warm in the incubator for 21 days (Click here to see the post)

Everyone was so excited when we came to school on the last day and one chick had already hatched. It was then very exciting when we got to spend the rest of the day watching the others hatch as well, by the end of the day we had 6 chicks. Some of our parents and carers even got to see the chicks hatching at our Easter Workshop.

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In the afternoon we said a special hello to the chicks and everyone had a chance to hold a chick. Miss Parker and Miss Deakin were really proud of how sensible everyone was and how they held the chicks really carefully. After we all had to wash our hands remembering what we learnt at Cannon Hall about always washing our hands after being near animals.

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We LOVED having the chicks in our classroom and are going to be sad now they’ve had to go back to their farm.

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What have we been learning?

  • About the life cycle and how chicks come from eggs. 
  • To observe animals talking about what we can see, hear and feel. 
  • To care for animals and treat them with respect. 
  • To make sure we follow hygiene rules after handling animals to keep ourselves safe. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Visit Graves Park or somewhere else with hens and chicks so you can continue to observe the animals at different stages of the life cycle. 
  • Look for other birds when you are out and about and in your garden. Can you find out what they are? 
  • Find out about different life cycles, such as tadpoles/ frogs, caterpillar/ butterflies or  even for plants. You can use books at the library and internet searches to help you. 
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Birds, Birds, Birds!

We started talking about birds the other week when we were talking about camouflage (another child initiated idea). The children got very excited about looking for birds and loved being outside with the checklists looking to see what was about.

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Some of the children even built themselves a small hide so they would be camouflaged from the birds and they might see more.

We talked about what the children could see…..

“When it were dinner, I see some birds”- Harvey S

“I was camouflaging myself with my coat”- Lucas

“It flies”- Grace

“It got black and white”-Elisha

“Magpie!”- Lacey

We started to think how we might encourage more birds into our Outdoor Area.

“With some food”- Dalton

“Seeds, but I got a good plan to get the birds to come. Get a tray, fill it with seeds then get a hide out. Then get camouflaged”- Corey

We talked about if anyone had heard of special bird cake…

How do we make bird cake? 

We found some instructions in a recipe and got busy making the bird cake.

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We’ve hung the bird cake up on our trees and now we just have to wait and see if it works. Do you think it will work? 

What have we been learning? 

  • About the world around us and the animals which live in it. 
  • To talk about the different animals (birds) we see and describe them. 
  • To follow a recipe measuring out the ingredients in the correct order. 
  • To feel different textures when making the bird cake and talk about how they feel. 
  • To observe the natural environment and comment on what we see. 
  • To think about the feelings of others (the birds) and what they like. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Look for birds you see when you’re at home and out and about. 
  • Talk about the birds you see at home and out and about. 
  • Talk about the different foods that animals eat and compare them to our foods- would you like to eat the bird cake? 
  • Use this recipe for Bird Cake and make some at home.