Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Blue class visit to Finvoy Farm

Tuesday 20th March 2012

We visit a working farm each year. 
Finvoy Farm just outside Ballymoney, is not just a traditional farm - they have lots of additional activities for the children and their parents to do. But before we explore the other activities we check out the animals.

First we went to feed the hens and ducks with some bread....

There were calves and rabbits....

...peacocks and puppies!

We fed lambs and kid goats.

We lunched in a traditional cottage having visited the toilet and washed our hands thoroughly - hygiene being very important after handling the animals.

The children had lots of fun in the sandpit, at the soft play area and using the trucks and tractors in the play park before we went back to nursery.


Our chicks have hatched!!

We got six eggs on 17th April from Eva's mum and set them in the incubator.   All of the children have been involved in the great countdown hoping the eggs would hatch soon. 

Marking the days off on our Hatching calendar was the first task every day.
There have been pictures drawn and models made.....
We wanted the hatching to take place while we were in nursery......

but it happened over the Bank Holiday weekend!!

And we missed it.....
When staff came into school  today to travel to Mossley Nursery School for an in-service day  there was a clear sound of chicks cheeping away inside the incubator.  When we slid it open 4 of our eggs had hatched!

We were so excited ..... but disappointed too that there were no children in school to see it happen. 

Here they are in their new home, basking under a heat lamp and with enough food and water to last them till morning.

Can't wait to see the children's response.....

Who knows maybe the final two eggs that haven't hatched yet
are holding off till the morning....or the afternoon!