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 and connect with nature. 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 believes every school should have access to a pond and a wild area in or near their school grounds
- Facilitate curriculum-linked 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 for more information.
Tadpoles In The Classroom
“The class and I loved taking part in the Tadpoles in the classroom project and working with you.
Your input was well prepared, appropriate and informative. The project was a great starting point for many other activities, including science, art and non-fiction writing.
The outdoor activities supported the school’s improvement plan on Outdoor Learning and we had the satisfaction of seeing all the changes happen and getting to release our froglets!” – Class teacher, Wallacewell Primary School
Froglife cover lots of Science curriculum topics with this engaging six-week programme: KS1 programme includes habitats, survival needs, animals and their structure, seasonal changes and food chains and KS2 programme includes classification, life cycles, adaptation, food webs and human impacts.
We help your class collect and care for frogspawn, and deliver a different curriculum-linked session each week as you watch the tadpoles develop.
Includes all equipment, resources, and delivery of six sessions.
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 Education and Strategy Manager, Jenny Tse-Leon: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01733 602102
Leapfrog Schools Case Studies
The Gretton School, Girton
The Gretton School had a great size area of their grounds which was used for outdoor activities, but had become overgrown and had the potential to offer so much more. Froglife transformed this area, including reinstating an old pond, into a space which provides excellent habitat for wildlife whilst 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. Thanks to the transformation by Leapfrog Schools, the once uninhabitable pond now has an abundance of frogs as well as a dipping platform for students to use for pond dipping. There are also homes for all kinds of wildlife to use including bats, insects and birds. With equipment like butterfly and pond dipping nets, binoculars and pooters, students can enjoy the area for many years to come.
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 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 usable 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 goldfish. To boost local biodiversity, Froglife helped them to create a new wildlife pond with a pond dipping platform, as well as an arbour, shed and new outdoor classroom facilities. Our Froglife Active Conservation Team were heavily involved, with young offenders giving back to the local community through improving the area. Have a look at our Leapfrog presentation here.
For information on Froglife’s other education projects, click here.