Our Week 18/03/2019 - 22/03/2019

10 eggs arrived at school in an incubator.

We learnt about animals that lay eggs, matching the different eggs to their species. The children then matched egg pairing cards and labels.

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We were lucky enough to observe one of our chicks hatch…  

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We handled unfertilised chicken eggs, exploring their properties (hard, smooth). And then found out some eggs have soft shells (e.g. turtles) or no shell! (e.g. frogs)

We carried out an eggsperiment, placing a chicken egg in white vinegar….
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 The children made predictions on what could happen to the egg:

1.   “it might crack”

2.   “it might hatch”

3.   “it might melt”

4.   “it might get damaged”

5.   “it might get bigger”

6.   “it might break down”      

We will observe the egg and find out what happens next week!

We learnt about why birds make nests (to protect their eggs) and what they are made of (twigs, grass, mud etc). The children then pretended they were birds and went foraging for materials to make their own nests.  

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We used scales and the the pink tower to measure our chicks, so we can track their growth...

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We looked at the similarities and differences between ourselves and chicks e.g. we have 5 toes on one foot, chicks only have 4.

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 We also learnt that our brown chicks are females and our yellow chicks are males. 

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Terminology

Hen – a grown up, mother (female) chicken.

Cockerel/Rooster – a grown up, father (male) chicken.

Incubator – A heated box for eggs to hatch without a hen.

Brooder Box – A heated box to raise chicks.