Irchester News part 1: Hoodies, Chicks and Snails

We have so much news on things that have happened, and will happen this term, that we’ve split it into two posts! Stay tuned to find out the rest…


New Committee and new hoodies! 

After the new committee completed their interviews, they had to learn what to do and the old committee showed them. It was scary for the new committee being interviewed because they didn’t know what was coming up, but now they are comfy and settled in with the old committee and have got the gist of things. We also have our new hoodies!  And we don’t just like them we love them! They look awesome, they are different to last years as they are from a new company. If you see one of the lab_13 hoodies, feel free to ask them an awesome science question.

hoodies walking

We took the hoodies on a walk up the road: to count steps ready for walk to school week!

New Chick visitors:

This term we have special visitors, chicks! Let’s just hope your sponsor won! Out of the original 20 we now have 8 eggs left, as we had 12 that did not grow at all because they were not fertilised. Today, Tuesday…the eggs are hatching!! A few eggs have tiny cracks, and for the first time they are breathing oxygen properly, and when they recover, they’ll begin cracking the rest! Potentially, by tomorrow morning, we’ll have a chick in place of an egg! It’s very difficult to be patient now.

Wednesday update! We now have 3 chicks, and there is a 4th one but it is not ready. It has the top cracked but is still in there: so hang on by tomorrow we might  have all of them. Number 5, 3 and 1 have hatched. There are still 5 to go.

(Wednesday afternoon update: the fourth one hatched! Class 4TT watched it live on the school webcam feed!)


New snails

So we have more good news! Over the holidays, our snails had babies! About 61, we think. Usually we get rid of the eggs because we don’t want hundreds of snails, but over the holidays they had enough time to hatch! Luckily they are all garden snails, so we’re going to keep them in the lab for a while, and do some (careful) experiments with them. When they get big enough we may send them back into the wilds of the school field.



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