Our Reception children are loving time with their fluffy chicken friends in their classroom. Once again all Reception classrooms have welcomed the tiny chicks from the Henny Penny Hatching program. In fact our school is the first school since COVID-19 restrictions to have the opportunity to host the chickens. We consider ourselves fortunate. In particular, many children have been fascinated by the hatching process – the rolling egg, pipping, hatching, and then observing the newborn chicks gather strength, dry out and join their chicken friends in the chicken pen. The Reception children engage in a number of learning tasks linked to each learning area. This ranges from extending their vocabulary with terms like ’embryo’ ‘pipping’ ‘membrane’ and conducting science experiments linked to eggs and chicken behaviour. The chickens are available for adoption once the two weeks are complete.