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Grantham pupils delighted as chicks hatch

Pupils at an additional needs school have been learning about the life cycle of hens with the arrival of six new chicks.

Staff and Sandon School, Sandon Close, took delivery of a batch of eggs from Rand Farm in Market Rasen, last month, in the hope that pupils would see chicks emerging from their shells first-hand.

The egg-citement grew and by last Tuesday, two feathered friends had made an appearance, followed soon after by another four.

Oak class teacher Aimee Brummitt said: "It was a good opportunity for the class to learn about the hatching process and watch the eggs in the incubator. We all had fun counting down the 21 days to their due date.

Staff and pupils at Sandon School with their 'six new arrivals.'
Staff and pupils at Sandon School with their 'six new arrivals.'

Their patience paid off with the arrival of the first two chicks last Tuesday.

Aimee added: "When we returned to school after the bank holiday weekend, we were delighted to discover that two had already hatched and were running around the incubator. The pupils were then able to gather around the incubator and watch as the other four eggs hatched. It was lovely for them to see the chicks pecking out of their shells."

The pupils who are all aged between 12 and 15, took their new responsibility very seriously by taking it in turns to look after the chicks before the farmer from Rand Farm picked them up on Friday.

But it won't be farewell for long as the class have been invited to see how their chicks have settled in during a class trip to Rand Farm later this month.

Aimee added: "We are all very excited to see them again and to see all the other baby animals.

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