Scotland

School workshops

Our Dragon Tails school sessions have a citizen science focus and are composed of a variety of activities like interactive storytelling and identifying species using technology, all of which tie into the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, providing skills in science, maths, language and art.

What’s new:

Dragon Tails in 2017 is well underway with school sessions completed in Stirling, Argyll and Bute, Angus, Clackmannanshire, Perth and Kinross and Fife with children learning about the importance of amphibian and reptile conservation and factors affecting them such as loss of habitat.  We have sessions after the summer holidays to look forward to in the Highlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders! 

The Dragon Tails activity has now engaged over 1,200 school pupils at 39 schools over 15 council areas.

 

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Tighnabruaich Primary School pond dipping, Argyll and Bute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 3: Year 3 of Dragon Tails saw the Scottish Dragon Finder team evolve their school sessions to offer a more interactive learning experience for the children involved. Children joined together in team activities to learn much about our amphibians and reptiles including identification and the dangers these species face. They were asked to present their knowledge and share why they think we should care about our frogs, toads and newts.

Sessions were completed in 2016, with currently 8 great sessions undertaken at schools in 5 different council areas!

 

 

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Pupils from Crosshouse Primary School, East Kilbride

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Pupils from Craigellachie Primary, Moray share their new knowledge of amphibians with the class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Years 1 and 2:

Scottish Dragon Finder has had a great first two years for their Dragon Tails school sessions, visiting 23 schools across Scotland and covering 9 different council areas.

 

The children have enjoyed hearing all about Scotland’s native reptiles and amphibians in our interactive Dragon Tails presentation before becoming biologists for the day with our reptile and amphibian counting game. They have also been introduced to ‘species recording’ using the Dragon Finder App. Froglife then taught the children how to make an origami frog or reptile and amphibian headdress – see the great examples below!

 

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Session at Swinton Primary in the Scottish Borders

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Pupils wearing amphibian headdresses at Brimmond Primary in Aberdeen City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dragon Tails presentation at Northmuir Primary, Angus

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Becoming a biologist with our reptile and amphibian counting game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Origami frog making at Isla Primary, Angus

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An impressive drawing of a sand lizard at Methilhill Primary, Fife