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Brixham College care for fertilised eggs in PSHE challenge

Expectant students welcome 'Brixham Billy' as part of Brixham College practical project

Posted by Stephanie Broad | March 20, 2016 | School life

‘Expectant’ students at Brixham College have celebrated the birth of their first baby Dorking chick - Brixham Billy, - as part of a rewarding, enlightening and 'eggstra'ordinary project designed to make learning fun through participation and experience. 

They’re currently waiting for five more fertilised eggs to hatch before returning the Dorkings and Cockachills to the local smallholding from where they originated and will continue to be reared.

The egg hatching project, the first of its kind for Brixham College, was a development of a whole school PSHE Challenge where groups of key stage three students competed against those in key stage four to care for an inanimate object over three days – in this case, a hard-boiled egg. The reward for the winners was progression onto a ‘live’ egg hatching project where they looked after and monitored fertilised eggs, creating a wealth of curriculum work.

Each team had to decorate their egg, give it a persona, allocate a rota and choose an appropriate receptacle for its care. A temporary triage was set up in reception where Admin. Accidents and mishaps were also officially recorded in an ‘Eggcident’ book. The project provided a light hearted and creative opportunity to highlight, explore and discuss parenting skills, responsibility and caring as part of Brixham College’s Relationship and Sex education programme.

“It galvanised the whole school, providing a learning experience to remember. Some parents even got involved, bringing eggs into the college when their children were ill or couldn’t attend!” said PSHE Co-ordinator Jeanne Marcham at Brixham College. “It brought the student body together in a way that transcended year group, ability and gender to create a fantastic sense of teamwork and responsibility.”  

In follow up sessions, each group’s approach to caring for the egg was discussed and the input of tutees evaluated. Praise was given to natural caregivers who shone during the process and those who demonstrated responsible behaviour before the topic was connected more explicitly with parenting and baby-sitting skills.

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