How did we look after the Chicks in the Nursery?

Two Nursery pupils are shown looking inside an Incubator with some Chicks inside it.

The Living Eggs Project arrived and brought us some chicken eggs to look after. The Little Birds were very excited to watch the chicks hatch in the incubator. After this, they were placed in the brooder box. The children were fascinated to watch them move around freely.

We spoke about how to care for the eggs and chicks and exchanged ideas at large group time. This supported the children in developing their communication and listening skills as well as their understanding of the world.

A boy in Nursery is shown looking inside an Incubator with some Chicks inside it.
A girl from Nursery can be seen smiling for the camera and holding a Chick in her hands.
A boy from Nursery is shown looking at a Chick that is sitting in his hands.

The children noticed the chicks had grown bigger with wings and longer feathers. One chick flapped their wings whilst the practitioner was holding it.

The Little Birds had the opportunity to use their kind, caring hands to hold and stroke them.

A young boy in Nursery is pictured gently stroking some Chicks that have recently hatched.
A photo of a Chick sitting in someone's hands.

We painted representations of chicks and created collages with feathers after closely observing them.

A young girl in Nursery can be seen painting a picture of a Chick.
A young girl in Nursery can be seen painting a picture of a Chick.

They had the opportunity to complete arts and crafts activities to develop their skills.

A young girl in Nursery is seen working on a picture of a Chick she has made.
A picture of a Chick created by a pupil in Little Birds Nursery.
A young girl from Nursery can be seen wearing uniform and creating her own Chicks from Arts & Crafts materials.
A pupil from Nursery can be seen wearing uniform and creating her own Chicks from Arts & Crafts materials.
A Nursery pupil is seen playing with some Chick soft toys.

Little Birds used different types of soft chicks while singing ‘Five little chicks went out one day…’. This developed the children’s Mathematics skills, focusing on: counting, recognising numbers and subitising up to 5.

We read the books ‘Who is in the Egg?’ and ‘Maya’s Walk’.

The children enjoyed looking for bugs and minibeasts in our outdoors bug hotel and garden, using magnifiers and bug pots.

Three Nursery pupils are pictured interacting with the 'Bug Hotel' in the outdoor play area.

The chicks have now gone to a bigger enclosure on the farm; hopefully, we will receive chick updates on how they are developing.