Sunday, 10 June 2018

A New Home for Our Chicks

Today our chicks leave the classroom to go to their new homes. We will miss them but we know they will be happier having more space and they are in great hands in the homes of some of our 1st class children.

Ducklings and Chicks Diary - Taking Care

It has been a very busy few weeks getting to know and taking care of our chicks and ducklings. We clean the cage every day and make sure they have food and water. We have some playtime with them but not for long as it is important that they are kept under the red lamp until they are bigger and stronger. We brought them out into the warm sunshine and the ducklings had a swim.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Duckling and Chicks Diary Week 5

We have had a wonderful week, meeting our chicks and ducklings. We arrived Monday morning to cracked eggs, Tuesday to some ducklings and Wednesday to lots of chicks. We watched the chicks and ducklings hatch out of the eggs.

On Thursday, it was time for the chicks and ducklings to leave the incubator. We were so excited to hold them. They are tiny and fluffy. We can tell the difference between the chicks and ducklings as their beaks and feet are different. They must stay under a red lamp for a few weeks, to keep warm. We give them chick crumb and water to eat and drink.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

PE - Outdoor and Adventure Activities

We are doing outdoor challenges including a scavenger team hunt.

Duckling Diary Weeks 2 - 4

Week 2
We added 12 hen eggs this week. Chicks take one week less than ducklings to hatch out. We noticed that hen eggs were more of a peachy colour compared to the white/pale blue duck eggs.

 Weeks 3 - 4
We ensure our incubator is on and at right temperature. We fill it with water every 2 days to ensure there is moisture inside. We notice it going back and forth. Paul called to do 'candling' with us. This is where we look inside the egg. We use a dark box and a torch. We notice the air sac, a dark spot (duckling/chick) and veins.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Europe Day

Today is Europe Day. We are working hard on our Blue Star Project on Luxembourg.

Click on following link for activities on Europe. We like the flag memory game here in First Class.


Tuesday, 24 April 2018

EGGSciting News!!

We are very excited about our new project - Hatching Ducklings.

Paul arrived to set up an incubator in our classroom. The incubator takes the part of the Mummy Duck and keeps the eggs warm. The temperature is similar to our body temperature, about 37 degrees Celsius. We checked our temperatures and we noticed we were slightly cooler than the incubator.

We added 10 duck eggs to the incubator.  The eggs cannot be washed as it can harm the shell and also the ducklings inside so we used gloves. We notice that the incubator moves back and forth. The Mummy Duck turns her eggs in the nest so the incubator does that job too.

The lifecycle takes about 4 weeks so we expect our eggs to hatch in the middle of May.