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Youngsters have an egg-cellent time with Easter activities

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

  • 08/04/14 Easter Chicks Easter chicks at Violet Way Academy.Jessica Atkin, Sam Mellor

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CHILDREN at two East Staffordshire schools have been getting into the spirit of Easter by taking part in themed activities before breaking up for the end of term.

Youngsters at Tower View Primary School in Vancouver Drive, Winshill took part by dressing up in Easter costumes including bonnets and bunny ears as well as making chocolate treats which included crispy cakes topped with mini eggs. They also showed their competitive side by taking part in egg and spoon races.

Meanhile nursery pupils at Violet Way Academy have been monitoring eggs, waiting for them to hatch into young chicks.

Kate Owen, deputy head at Violet Way Academy told the Mail: “We got the chicks from a local farm as part of our ‘living eggs’ programme which helps the children to understand how life cycles work. It’s something that they don’t normally get to experience.”

She said that the children have been enthusiastic about going into class each day to check on their progress and see if the first chick had arrived, while also learning about the life cycle of the animals.

Meanwhile year two children at the school have also took part in a number of different easter-based activities before leaving for the holiday.

Kate added: “When they first came to us, the eggs were 18 days old and in an incubator. The children have been watching and waiting every day and finally at 21 days they hatched, much to their excitement. They’ve been really enthusiastic about it and keep asking if they can go back to play with the chicks.

“It’s been a great learning experience for them and they’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.

“We’ve had them in our classroom for two weeks and now they’ve hatched they’ll be going back to the farm.

“However I think the children really don’t want to see them go and they will be missed.”

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