Egg hatching project at Stourport school

Egg-cited children returning to a Stourport school have an extra special treat in store following the arrival of 20 chicken eggs.

St Bart’s pupils Lacey Norton, Thomas Webb, Portia Sutcliffe and Gracie Malinowski with the eggs
St Bart’s pupils Lacey Norton, Thomas Webb, Portia Sutcliffe and Gracie Malinowski with the eggs

Pupils at St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School, Areley Kings, will monitor the eggs stored in an incubator and look after the chicks once they hatch.

Headteacher Ian James said: “All our children have been very excited to hear about our new arrivals. It will be a brilliant spring activity, learning about nature and tying in with the Easter story.”

A webcam will enable the pupils to watch the chicks hatch and grow and children from each class will be enrolled into the Chicken Club to learn how to handle and feed them.

Mr James added: “We are indebted to Messy Church for funding the project and to Paul McEvoy from Hen House Farm in Devon, who delivered our eggs and will be supporting us with virtual training and advice for staff and pupils.

“I think after all the stresses of this last year, we’re all ready for some joy, and what could be more fitting at this time than for our children to witness the creation of the cutest baby chicks?”

Mr McEvoy, who recently featured on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show discussing ethical animal care principles, will return on April 1 to collect the chicks and spend the day providing an interactive learning experience for all the pupils.

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