We’ve been very lucky this year in Onyx class as we had some frogspawn arrive in our classroom way back in April.
It was very exciting after Miss Parker spotted some frogspawn in her pond and asked if we’d like to have some in school. Everyone said yes of course! Everyone already had a good idea about what would happen to it.
We watched our frogspawn as the tadpole began to hatch and thought what we might like to learn more about.
As we continued to watch the tadpoles grow we got an email from Miss Hulme and Diamond class in Nursery. They wanted to know if we could teach them more about our frogspawn and tadpoles. We decided that we would make them a book but as we find out lots of information on the computer that we’d make an ebook on the iPad for them. We had to find out some more information first so we knew we were teaching them the right things.
You can read our book for Nursery here. If you look at the book on the iPad it even has videos of our tadpoles in it. Please ask to see it in school.
Everyone was very excited about the tadpoles and waited to see if they were frogs yet. Some of our parents and carers even stopped off each morning to see what was happening.
Finally after waiting a really long time our tadpole started to get legs at the front then the back. Eventually they turned into frogs! Can you see they still have a little bit of their tails left?
We shared our learning with our parents and carers in our floor book and some parents commented on how they’d been continuing the learning at home. We love to hear when this has been happening.
Unfortunately we couldn’t keep the frogs at school forever. Miss Parker had to take them back to the pond where they came from so they could continue to grow. Maybe next year they’ll be the ones to lay the frogspawn and we’ll have some more at school.
What have we been learning?
- To watch animals and see how they move and change over time.
- To learn information from different sources and transfer this to telling others.
- To care for living creatures and make sure they are fed and the water is clean.
- To talk about our observations of living creatures.
- To describe the life cycle of a tadpole/ frog.
- To be patient!!!
How can you continue the learning at home?
- It will be too late for this year now but next Spring do the same as Corey’s mum and look for Frogspawn in the local ponds.
- Talk about life cycles- How is the frog lifecycle the same as the butterfly? How is is different?
- Can you find any books at the Library (school or Manor Top) which have information in about life cycles? What else can you find out about?