The reception class at a Leeds primary school were lucky to have an ‘eggciting’ delivery recently of a dozen hen’s eggs, in order to watch them hatch into chicks. The eggs were supplied by www.livingeggs.co.uk along with all the necessary equipment – incubator, brooder box, food and teaching resources/posters.
The class teacher, Miss Carolan, says there are many benefits to young children in being able to watch the chicks hatch from their eggs. As well as promoting caring and nurturing skills, the children have been able to learn about growth, change and life cycles.
Having the eggs in class also fitted in well with the farm topic the pupils have been learning which included a fantastic day trip to Cannon Hall Farm. The whole school has been very excited to see the new arrivals, with children from every class paying a visit to the chicks, not to mention equally as excited staff members!
Spring is a wonderful time of growth and birth in nature, and seeing the fluffy yellow chicks slowly emerge from their eggs has given the pupils the chance to witness this first hand. The children have learnt that there are far more eggs around at Easter time than just the chocolate variety!
The chicks remain in school for a week after they hatch before being collected again by livingeggs in order to be re-homed to free range farms where they are well cared for.