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Tadpole adventures: Week 1

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Tadpole adventures at Chater On Tuesday we were surprised to see something exciting in Nursery and Reception classrooms.  Each class now has a tank of frogspawn.  Mrs Spinage has collected it from a friend's pond.  It was laid in a pond by a female frog.  Each egg is a black spot inside a ball of jelly. Here is a picture of the frogspawn in class on Tuesday.  Can you see how the 'black spot' now looks like it has changed shape?  This is the tadpole beginning to grow. After a day the tadpoles came out of the eggs and rested for the day on the bottom of the tank.   The next day they started swimming around.    You can see some feathery gills at the head end.  This is how the tadpole breat hes under the water.  We have begun to feed them some cucumber.  The tadpoles seem to like it! Maybe you can find out more about tadpoles and how they will eventually turn into frogs.  Check back on this blog to see how they grow and change. In the meantime here are some things you could tal

Potatoes

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Do you like to eat potatoes?  How do you like them?  Boiled, mashed, roasted, baked or as chips?  Did you know that crisps are made from potatoes? This week we have busy planting potatoes at school.  We have put them into growbags and watered them.  We chose a sunny spot for the bags. We planted two varieties, Babino and Casablanca. We are looking forward to watching them grow and learning more about them. Here are a few potato facts you might enjoy.... Potatoes were first grown in  P eru by the Incas. Potatoes are 80% water. Potato plants are usually pollinated by insects such as bees. The potato was the first vegetable to be grown in space. Can you find out any more fun facts about potatoes?   

Egg-citing News: Day 10

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 Day 10 Sadly the ducks had to go back to the farm today.  The farmer collected the ducklings and drove them back to the farm.  The farm is quite far away, in a place called Norfolk.  The ducklings will live outdoors and have fun swimming and waddling around the farmyard. Here is the last video and some pictures from before they left.  Can you see how much they have grown in just one week? The breed of duckling we hatched is called Pekin.  When the ducks loose their fluffy yellow down, it will be replaced with white feathers.  Here is a picture of some adult Pekin ducks.  

Egg-citing News: Day 8 and 9

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 Day 8 and 9 This week our fluffy friends have been growing even bigger.  The children returning to Nursery are getting to know Fluffy, Cheep, Ducky, Lucky and Quacky.  They have been carefully holding the ducklings on their laps and stroking them very gently. On Tuesday the ducklings had their first swim.  They instinctively know how to swim.  Watch this video to see them having fun in the water.  The children noticed how the ducklings dip their heads into the water, used their webbed feet to paddle and even drank some water.   The ducklings do not have the waterproof coating on their feathers that they would have in the wild.   We had to carefully dry them with a towel once they had finished swimming!!

Egg-citing News: Day 6 and 7

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 Day 6 and 7 The ducklings have enjoyed their weekend.  They spent the time eating, drinking and sleeping.  We  helped to teach the ducklings how to drink by gently dipping the duckling's beaks into the water.  Once the first three ducklings had learnt how to drink they taught the other two!  We helped them to recognise the food by scratching at it.  The ducklings got excited and came over to investigate.  The ducklings spend a lot of time sleeping together under the brooder (the heated area of their cage).  Every 20-30 minutes they wake up and come out to eat and drink!  Here are some pictures and videos of the ducklings.   Have you noticed,  they have already grown larger! Unfortunately the final egg did not hatch.  Not all eggs hatch all the time.  This is natures way of ensuring only the strongest and healthiest survive.  

Egg-citing news: Day 5

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 Day 5 Today was very exciting.  The children in Morning Nursery saw another duckling hatch out of it's egg.  We have named this duckling Lucky after we had a vote for the most popular name. In the afternoon, just as the afternoon children arrived, we saw the fifth duckling hatch out.  We have named this one Quacky . So now we have five ducklings in the Nursery.  There is one egg left.  Sometimes not all eggs will hatch so we will have to wait and see what happens. We tried to sit with one duckling on each of our laps but the ducklings kept trying to get back to each other!  They love to be close to each other. Here are some short videos of the ducklings in their cage.

Egg-citing news: Day 4

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Today the Nursery children have been handling the first three ducklings!  It was great fun but we had to be careful to wash our hands before and afterwards. One more of the eggs in the incubator has a crack in it.  Will we have another newly hatched duckling by the morning?   We also had our ducklings on their first live TEAMS call today!!  The children at home met Fluffy, Ducky and Cheep via video call.  They saw pictures, talked about some of the rules about looking after the ducklings and also sang the goodbye song to the ducklings!!