Hubert Hamilton Road, Bulford Camp, Wiltshire, SP4 9JY


Kiwi Primary School


Coromandel - Year 1

By popular demand- more photos of the chicks!

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In order from left to right: Pancake (named by Takapuna), Harry (as in Potter- named by Coromandel), Dave (Kaikoura), Tilly ( as in Atilla the Hen- named by the teachers), Dorito (named by Whatatutu).


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Coromandel class have loved their judo lessons so far this term. Now that they have the correct judo uniforms they look incredibly smart. We have been learning that Judo is a sport to be practised safely- see if your child can remember the golden rule:

Judo is to be practised on a judo mat, in a judo uniform with a judo teacher!

The children have already learnt to turn a partner, trip them, squash them and throw them!


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We have been lucky enough to get a incubator set at school which means that we can incubate eggs and watch them hatch and grow. This has fascinated the children so far and has lead them to ask some brilliant questions. We waited with baited breath for the first tiny 'pip' to appear on Friday afternoon but- as luck would have it!- they all hatched at the weekend. Luckily we set up a timelapse camera so that we could catch it all.

We had 7 eggs of different breeds, and by 'candling' the eggs with a bright torch we could see that 6 had a chick growing inside them- we could see the eyes, beaks and some blood vessels inside!

After racing in on Monday morning, the children found out a bit more about what had happened from the videos and photographs. We also looked at some interesting blogs and learnt how the chick 'pips' through the air sac, takes a break to breathe and soak up the final yolk and blood, then starts to 'unzip' the egg in a line. Finally, it kicks and headbutts the egg apart!

Our 5 chicks that have hatched are all different breeds. They are: Maran, Aurachana, Light Sussex Cream Legbar, Buff Pekin Bantam (with fluffy feet!) and a Silver partridge pekin bantam (also fluffy feet!).

The chicks had to stay in the incubator until their fluff was totally dry. Now they have moved into their brooder box. We are all desperate to hold the chicks, but we are also letting them get used to their surroundings first.

Zoo Lab bring some exciting friends to visit Coromandel

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As part of our science focus week this week the children have enjoyed getting hands on in our outdoor learning environment, digging for roots and seeds and looking at different types of stems, leaves and flowers.

The children were thrilled with their surprise for Friday morning though, a visit from Zoo Lab along with 8 interesting animals that we could meet face to face. Some of the children were a bit worried when they first saw Rudy the snake and Buttercup the tarantula... not for long though! Every child stroked or held Rudy the albino corn snake and had a look at Buttercup. It was a wonderful chance to seem some unusual animals up close and ask questions to an expert. The children wondered whether spiders have bones and whether gerbils live with their dads. We found out that no, spiders have a hard shell instead of a skeleton and yes, gerbils live with their mums and dads. Even Jess from Zoo Lab thought these were fantastic questions!

See if your child can remember how many legs the giant millipede had!

 A giant African land snail

we learnt he had over 1000 teeth!

Buttercup the rose tarantula 

The corn snake

Ron the desert mouse, or gerbil

Up, up and away!

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Our topic this term has focussed on 'transport'. The children have really enjoyed getting our classroom ready by designing and helping to make our bust stop role play area.

This all got us ready for our trip to the Museum of Army Flying. We learnt lots about gliders and helicopters, and we even had a go at making our own out of paper. We say how helicopters and aeroplanes wee developed out of hot air balloons and kites!

There was lots to do on our trip, we got to handle real helmets and costumes from the last century, pretend to fly a helicopter and have a go at making a helicopter 'hover' on a special game that they had. This is much trickier than it looks! The children can be really proud of themselves for how they behaved in this new and exciting setting. Over the next few days we wrote thank you cards and wrote recounts of our trip, which are up on display to remind us of the brilliant time that we had.