Leapfrog: Connecting Schools with Nature
Our Leapfrog Schools programme has a range of accessible and inclusive options to help all schools learn more about amphibians and reptiles. Froglife can:
- Help apply for funding to create ponds and outdoor classrooms, and provide expertise and people power to transform your school grounds. Ponds are an incredible place to learn about nature and the wildlife we share the world with. Froglife is keen for every school to have access to a pond and a wild area in or near their school grounds
- Facilitate educational sessions in your school grounds, including pond dipping and indoor sessions such as a “Tadpoles in the Classroom” scheme in spring, enabling your class or school to watch the incredible transformation of frogspawn
- Host activity days for schools or classes in your school, using creative techniques to teach about amphibians and reptiles
Please download the Leapfrog Flyer here for more information.
If you are interested in taking part in the project, would like to find out more about the options available and charges, please get in touch with our Development Manager for Education, Learning & Communications, Sheila Gundry: email@example.com or call 01733 602102
Leapfrog Schools Case Studies
The Gretton School, Girton
The Gretton School has a great size area of their grounds which is used for outdoor activities, but has become overgrown and has the potential to offer so much more. Over the next few months Froglife will be transforming this area into a space which provides excellent habitat for wildlife, including reinstating an old pond which is currently dry, while also providing an area suitable for outdoor learning and activities.
Coates Primary School, Whittlesey
Coates primary had a corner of their grounds set aside as a wildlife area, but unfortunately it had become significantly overgrown and was no longer in use. The site has now been transformed into a great place for children and wildlife alike.
John Clare, Helpston, Peterborough
This local village primary school had a neglected wildlife area in need of rejuvenation. Supported by staff, parents and children at the school Froglife have reinstated the pond, which had all but dried up, and created an outdoor classroom area with a range of habitats for wildlife to make use of. The area is open to the public after school hours and at weekends so the space can be enjoyed by all.
Farcet School, Huntingdonshire
Farcet was one of our first Leapfrog Schools and we helped to transform their Secret Garden into a useable teaching and community space. With support from family and teachers as volunteers, this overgrown area was de-brambled, revamped and the concrete pond restored. The project was also supported by the local Women’s Institute. The site is now used for cross-curricular activities and by the local preschool.
Park Lane School, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire
This local primary school had a fish-shaped pond, packed with gold fish. To boost local biodiversity, Froglife helped them to create a new wildlife pond with pond dipping platform, as well as an arbour, shed and new outdoor classroom facilities. Our Froglife Active Conservation Team have been heavily involved, with young offenders giving back to the local community through improving the area for younger children to enjoy. Have a look at our Leapfrog presentation here.