‘Project Chick’ hatches at Gad’s Hill
Ten and eleven year-olds in the Year six classes are now eggs-perts in the life cycle of feathered friends after five chicks - reared by the pupils at Gad’s Hill - hatched at the school in Higham, near Rochester.
Head of Junior School Miss. Fiona McPherson said: “We’ve been thrilled with the kids reaction to the project. They’ve become really interested in science and they were very inquisitive about when the little cheeping bundles would hatch.”
Remove pupil Callum Molloy, aged 11, from Fawkham (pictured) said: “I’ve learnt how quickly something can grow – it was amazing how quickly the eggs turned into chicks!”
The moment when some of the baby birds broke free from their shells was caught by the pupils. Molly Measures (also pictured), aged 11 from New Ash Green, was among those who witnessed the big event. She said: “The chicks were helping each other hatch out of their shells, it was really special. I’d never do something like this at my old school - it was really fun. I love coming to Gad’s because we get to do stuff like this.”
Miss. Fiona McPherson added: “Traditional teaching methods, such as books, can leave children uninspired, so we thought this was a better way to demonstrate and learn about life cycles.”
A class vote will decide the names of the five feathered creatures, and once they are bigger the children will be able handle them.