Ethel, my pet chicken, came to visit the children of Thornhill primary school. This made pupils first week back at school exciting and unusual.
Ethel first visited year 2 and 3. Here she was introduced to a school classroom and children were very quiet and patient with Ethel as she took in her new surroundings. Children, that wanted to, got to feed Ethel from their hand and some even held and stroked her which she most enjoyed. Pupils then wrote a descriptive piece of writing describing; what Ethel looked like, how she moved, what she felt like, etc... This was the first piece of writing children have completed this year and what a good start they all have made!
Ethel then took a trip outside with Key Stage 2. Here children discussed the importance of responsiblity and how they should treat Ethel and all animals with a high level of respect. Students then discussed, debated and completed PSHE work centred around animals in captivity, with a particular focuss on Ethel as she is an animal in captivity.
Finally Ethel met Key Stage 1. Here children developed their understanding of responsibility and respect for animals. Pupils also deveoped their speaking and listening skills as we discussed; how to look after Ethel, all her different features, how children felt meeting her, etc...
All children showed tremendous respect for Ethel as well as learning valuble life lessons from her. Ethel herself had a brilliant day as she was given treats, stroked and even recieved her own Thornhill ruler perch so she could have a little snooze at dinner time.