Reception boys and girls enjoyed a visit from our hens this morning. We are lucky enough to have a cockerel at the moment. Once he is a little older he will be rehomed, but in the meantime it is lovely for the children to see the difference between male and females of the Silkie breed. The biggest difference is those colourful tail feathers but the children also noticed the size, the male is much heavier and is beginning to find his voice too. Nora, our Buff Orpington, came to say hello, she is a big bird but is very friendly. The children are getting more confident each time they see them and soon the new young hens will be free ranging with our older birds. The bond between the hens and the children will grow throughout their time at Harlow Green and through our Forest School sessions they will learn how to keep the hens happy and healthy. Don’t worry about them being alone over Christmas, Miss Rowe will make sure they have everything they need.

Principle 1: Forest School is a long-term process of frequent and regular sessions in a woodland or natural environment, rather than a one-off visit. Planning, adaptation, observations and reviewing are integral elements of Forest School.

Article 6: We all have the right to be alive and develop in the best possible way.

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