The Chicken Project
From: Beechwood Primary School
The chickens have slowed us down, they make us stop and stare. Staff report that the children are quieter and calmer around the chickens and the whole school benefits because the aviary is right in the centre of the school. Children across the Federation now visit the chickens for various projects.
We were looking for ideas to motivate the children to write, through cross curricular contexts and to inspire the teachers to revisit the planning and incorporate child centred, compelling learning experiences. We were also hoping to engage the parents through homework and in school activities.
A keen teacher to lead the project and fundraising with the classes (we raised £600 for the eglu chicken house). Lots and lots of enthusiasm!
Pupil Learning Outcomes
Increased empathy and awareness of other living creatures. Awe and wonder of nature as the chickens hatch from eggs. Imagine the children writing from the perspective of the chick hatching form the egg...incredible! Confidence building, you can email a company to ask for fundraising money or telephone the manger of the local Coop to fund our coop! And many, many more!
What lessons have teachers / the school learned from the project / activity?
Ofsted like Learning in the natural environment! Our recent Ofsted report for which we received a 'good' included this statement: 'Pupils are keen to undertake responsibilities such as looking after the school chickens.' Staff discovered that children engage better with their learning when they are immersed in and have a personal connection with the theme. Money is no object, fund raising large sums of money is possible. With enough enthusiasm you can acheive anything!
3 Key Messages
This quote from www.lotc.org.uk sums it up for me: ‘For many young people, it is not sufficient to acquire knowledge without seeing its relevance to themselves and the world around them. So, they learn better though practical experience and acquire their knowledge and understanding through real-life tasks that stimulate their natural curiosity.’
Lisa Evans (nee Reburn) Beechwood Primary School Southernway federation Plymouth 01752 706360