Seven ducklings hatch in library of Norwich infant school

Children at Cecil Gowing Infant School enjoy the experience of hatching and caring for ducklings.PHO

Children at Cecil Gowing Infant School enjoy the experience of hatching and caring for ducklings.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Children have been enjoying a quacking time in their school library after seven ducklings hatched there.

Children at Cecil Gowing Infant School enjoy the experience of hatching and caring for ducklings.PHO

Children at Cecil Gowing Infant School enjoy the experience of hatching and caring for ducklings.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

The clutch of eggs were given to Cecil Gowing Infants by a north Norfolk farm to help teach youngsters about life cycles.

A special incubator and water tray were set up in the library of the school in Falcon Road West, Norwich, and the seven ducklings pecked their way out of their shells last week.

Jenny Lane-Smith, year one class teacher, said: 'The ducklings were very sleepy at first, but then they started following each other round, particularly in the water.

'The children were so excited and it's amazing how much they remember about them.

Children at Cecil Gowing Infant School, including Bonnie Albarn(6), enjoy the experience of hatching

Children at Cecil Gowing Infant School, including Bonnie Albarn(6), enjoy the experience of hatching and caring for ducklings.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

'They keep asking 'how are the ducks', and they really enjoy watching them.

'The children who were initially quite scared of them have really come round to them.'

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All 180 pupils at the school see the animals daily, and look forward to 'duck time'.

Youngsters, aged four to seven-years-old, named the ducklings - with winning suggestions including Fluffy, Colin and Donald Honey Buzz.

The moment that they hatched was filmed and shown to children in an assembly, as the children discovered it took each duck 100 pecks to hatch.

Ducklings are set to return to their farm later this week.

Ms Lane Smith had the idea to bring ducks to the school after speaking to teacher friends who had previously done it at other schools.

'We will absolutely be doing it every year now forever,' she added.

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