Nobody here but us chickens!
In a land and
time far far away, Miss Nichol, after much careful thought and
consideration, decided that the EYFS was far too quiet.
"I know," she pondered "we need some animals in here to
liven things up! An elephant would not get through the door, and
might eat all the buns, a tiger would want to drink tea all the time
and a whale would want to go swimming! Aha! Chickens!"
And so the plan was hatched. Or rather, the chickens were.
Here is how it all began.
When Farmer Bob
came to visit
How it all began ...
All adventures need a beginning, and this is the start of Derwent
Vale's adventure with the chickens.
Farmer Bob visited our school to show the children just what
chickens look like, how to hold them properly without hurting either
themselves or the chickens and to leave some VIE's ( Very Important
Little did the children (and staff!) know just how excited and
interested they would all become in the progress of the incubation
of the chickens;
when the first one hatched, well, we all felt like proud parents!
The Chicken Coop
It became quite clear that even though the chickens had only been
with us a short time, like all growing families their first home was
not big enough for them to grow. So, after much thought, it was
decided to upgrade their accommodation. This was no easy task as the
needs of the chickens and the children needed to be taken into
account when designing and building the new chicken coop.
Baking with our
We all love to bake.
Unit 1 all love to bake. Sometimes it can be tricky getting
everything together but we now know that we have one ingredient
always on hand ; EGGS!!
need a holiday!
During the long summer holiday, the chickens need somewhere safe to
live, so, instead of 'farming them out' the chickens were moved
lock, stock and chicken coop to Miss Nichol's home.
It was a delicate operation moving them, but, in the end, the
chickens all enjoyed a fantastic staycation with Miss Nichol.
Not only were
the chickens returning to school after a lovely break with Miss
Nichol, they were also introduced to Reception children early in
September. I wonder who were most nervous, the chickens, or the
After much thought, Miss Nichol decided that Bob, one of our
roosters, would be better off if he moved to another home better
suited to his needs, and so, with heavy heart, Bob, along with some
other chickens, left Derwent Vale school for pastures new.
However, Bob left a huge hole in our lives, and so meet our newest
arrivals! After an initial settling in period, it is as though we
have always had them. And, on another note entirely, teachers have
discovered they are an ideal example of symmetry in nature!!