Returning the Chicks to Middle Farm

Year 2 tell me that they had the best time ever at Middle Farm yesterday! When we arrived, Robin met us and took us to return our chicks to their brothers and sisters. After a quick pit stop (it’s incredible how frequently six and seven year old children need to eat), we had a guided tour of the farm, including small animal handling and feeding the lambs. After lunch, the children had some time to play in the playgrounds and the hay barn before it was time to watch the cows being milked. It was absolutely fascinating to hear the farmers talk all about the animals and how to care for them, to see the day to day running of a working farm and hear about the produce created at Middle Farm. I was very proud of our impeccably well-behaved class, as always. Thanks for a lovely day out Year 2!

Year 2, what was the best or most surprising thing that you learned on our trip to Middle Farm? Please comment below.

Reflecting on our Time with the Chicks

Everyone from nursery to Year 6 has been involved in looking after our eggs and chicks over the last few weeks. We have learned so much about caring for animals as well as life cycles and characteristics of living things. Here are some of my favourite photos. I have taken hundreds! We hope that you enjoy them.

Goodbye Chicks

It was with heavy hearts that the children waved goodbye to the chicks today as they left our classroom to return to Middle Farm. The chicks have been a large part of school life for the last 2 weeks. Every child, from age 2 to age 11, has had the opportunity to hold one (or more!) of the chicks and Year 2 have lived and breathed chicks for the duration!

Everyone has enjoyed their time with the chicks and it always amazes me how much the children can learn in such a short period of time. As a result of our conversations about how to look after the chicks, Year 2 have even started to work on an assembly based around animal rights and how to look after our pets that they will share with the whole school in a few weeks.

Here are some of our favourite photos that have not yet made it onto the blog. I’ve also included a few pieces of their writing this week.

What did you learn, Year 2?

What was your favourite aspect of hatching chicks in the classroom?