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Barrow Hedges Primary School

Are Eggs Alive? - Spring 2

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After the half term holiday we had a special visitor who brought 10 eggs waiting to hatch in an incubator. It was very exciting.  We asked the question 'Are Eggs Alive?' 

We are learning to:

Look closely at the natural world; discuss what we see and talk about changes that take place over time. We are also learning to use our words to sequence events, to share our thoughts, feelings and ideas. 


The children thought carefully if eggs were alive or not. Some children thought they were alive because things like chicks can come out of them. Some children thought that eggs were not alive because we eat them for breakfast. We watched the eggs in the incubator very carefully to see what would happen. On the third day a chick pecked it's way out and started to hatch. It was very exciting!


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We kept a diary of the changes that took place. Eventually 8 chicks hatched. Soon they were big enough to move to their new home!


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We learnt how to look after them by topping up their food and changing the water, sawdust, and newspaper. It was fun to help!


We were excited to hold the chicks. We noticed that they were changing. (Anya) "The chick goes from yellow to brown, they loose their fluffy stuff and they grow feathers, the yellow ones are the boys and the brown ones are the girls. The brown one will be a mummy hen and she will lay eggs." (May) "It's an egg to a chick and then the girl one changes into a mummy hen, she looses her baby feathers and gets grown up feathers." (Finlay) "They were eggs and then they turned into a chick when they were born, then they grow to adults. I have held an adult chicken at Bocketts Farm. As they get bigger they get more feathers." (Toby) "They got lots of feathers, they are getting bigger, they eat food and drink water. Now they can run." (Kai) "First the chick is in the egg, then it hatches and it turns into a hen. They get more feathers as they get bigger" (Sebastian) "All the chicks are growing, they have food and water to help them grow. They get feathers as they get bigger." 

Fantastic talking about the changes you can see, you have used the new words we have learnt from our topic too. Well done!


Then we learnt that all sorts of creatures come from eggs from turtles to snakes! 


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We learnt about the life cycle of a hen and other animals that come from eggs. 


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It was a bit confusing to learn that not all animals come from eggs, some do and some don't. 

We learnt the song 'The Animal Jamboree' to find out about animal babies on the farm. Try the link at home. 


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We listened to the story of 'The Farmers Life for Me.' We made a talk map to help us to learn about the farmer's day and how he looks after the animals.


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The best way to learn about what happens on the farm is to visit one. So all the Reception children went to Bocketts Farm. It was a super exciting day and we couldn't wait to get there! 
We met all the lovely farmers who helped us to learn about the animals. We were able to stroke rabbits, and guinea pigs and we watched a goat being milked in the animal handling area. We were allowed to stroke the goat; she felt furry. We even felt the jug that the milk was squirted into. Did you know the jug felt warm? We learnt that the goat was a mammal and that mammals have warm blood. We are a mammal too! All the mummy mammals are able to feed milk to their own babies. The goat was very kind because she shared her milk with the baby piglets and the lambs if they needed it. We learnt that these animal do not come from eggs!
We went on a tractor ride that went all the way around the farm. We saw pigs, goats, horses, cows and sheep. The ride made us laugh because it was so bumpy!

We also went into the animal barn. We saw a mummy pig who was feeding her baby piglets. We saw a cow that was huge; she was about to give birth to twins, she looked a little bit uncomfortable! We also saw baby lambs. The lambs loved to come and see us and skipped along beside their mummies. 
Before we had lunch we washed our hands thoroughly so that any germs from the animals didn't make us sick. 
After lunch we could play! This was super exciting and we had so much fun exploring with our friends. We went down huge slides, rode on tractors and jumped high on the trampoline. Some of us even did somersaults! We had a wonderful time. Then sadly; because all good things come to an end, we got ready to come back to school. Lots of us fell asleep on the coach. Phew, what an exciting and busy day!


Do you know mummies and daddies, all your children did us proud. They were beautifully behaved and listened carefully to instructions and they were very polite to each other and the grown ups. Great job everyone!



When we got back to school we wrote about the farm trip and talked about all the things we had learnt.


Now we can look closely at the natural world; discuss what we see and talk about changes that take place over time. We can use our words to sequence events, to share our thoughts, feelings and ideas. 





After we had learnt which animals come from eggs and which animals don't, we began new learning inventing our own mysterious creatures that come from eggs.


In our Mysterious Creature project we are learning to use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, to experiment with colour, design, texture, form and function.


We listened to the story of 'The Odd Egg'. The odd egg had green spots and a white background. The green spots were a clue as to what mysterious creature was going to hatch. Out popped a green crocodile!


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We decided to design our own eggs with a mysterious creature inside. We thought about our favourite characters and used our ideas and interests to imagine a mysterious creature. 
We designed our eggs, thinking about what's inside and how we could give clues without spoiling the surprise! We wrote about our ideas too, listening carefully to the sounds in the words and matching them to letters. Here are our some of our ideas:


Betsy said "My mysterious creature will be a magic unicorn. I need gold sparkle glitter to make my spots. It will make it all magical and shiny." 
Finley said. "My mysterious creature will be a train that can go super fast in the air. The egg will have tracks for the super fast train." 
Lewis said. "My mysterious creature will be a Bat Man dog. It will have a long tail and black on it." 
Mia said. "My unicorn egg, will have stars and chocolate eggs and lasers."


To make our eggs we looked at our design carefully. We talked with our teachers about the colours we were going to use, the textures we wanted to create and the resources we were going to need. Then we got busy preparing our resources.

We used tools like; glue spreaders, scissors and paint brushes safely and with control. We used a variety of media to create our eggs. We looked carefully at our designs as we worked, suggesting improvements to make our eggs even better by paying attention to details.


We hope they are going to hatch soon. We can't wait to meet our Mysterious Creature!



We wrote stories about our mysterious creatures using these sentence starters to help us:

Once there was a...

One day he/she met...

Together they...





Last of all, we made connections between everything we had learnt about new life to the Easter story. We learnt about the Christian celebration of Easter. We listened to the Easter story and sequenced the events. The children have learnt how Christians celebrate Easter. 
We had fun making woollen bunnies, paper plate bunnies and counting Easter eggs. 
We loved showing off our amazing hats that you helped to make (thank you so much!). We  learnt that wearing Easter bonnets is a tradition. 

We compared and contrasted the ways we celebrate Easter with other traditions and festivals. For example, Christians send cards at Easter and Hindus send cards at Diwali. Some celebrations are special to Easter. For example, the Easter Bunny only comes at Easter time. 
We learnt about Christian beliefs. We learnt that Christians believe that Jesus came back to life after he died on the cross. We know that this happened on Easter Sunday. We give eggs at Easter time to remind us of what happened to Jesus and to celebrate new life. 
We enjoyed making Easter cards and Easter nests, they looked really delicious. I bet they were yummy!


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Now that we have finished our learning we can answer the question. 'Yes eggs are alive!' (but not the ones we eat for breakfast!')


Now we can can use a variety of materials, tools and techniques and experiment with colour, design, texture, form and function. We can also compare and contrast celebrations.