Children in Reception and Year 1 at Kennet Valley C of E VA Primary School have been loving science this term as they have been finding out all about Tadpoles and their life cycles.
On the first day back after the school reopened to all of the children, a year 1 child brought in a HUGE ball of frogspawn to keep in class. Since then these precious eggs have hatched out into wiggle jiggle tadpoles and the children are completely fascinated. In their continuous provision sessions the children have often chosen to research how to look after their tadpoles, how long they take to turn into frogs and what their full life cycle is.
Jacqy McQue, Wren’s class teacher, said, “Having the frog spawn this term has been amazing. The children love coming into see them every day and have found out so much about them, including how to look after them. We have been changing their water every week and have begun to feed them different types of pond weed.”
As well as observing the tadpoles in their tank, some of the reception children had a closer look at them using petri dishes and magnifying glasses. Jacqy McQue continued, “It was wonderful to see these children looking so carefully at the tadpoles to find out more about what they look like. The children have been captivated by these tiny creatures in the class and it has made the science even better than usual.”
Mrs Alexander, class TA, commented, “These wriggly additions to the class have inspired all of the children to do a great deal of independent writing and artwork which has been great to see.”
The class are keeping parents updated on the tadpoles’ growth and all their work about them via Seesaw, which is a classroom app where staff and children can share work and pictures each day. The whole of Wrens class can’t wait to show off pictures of the tiny froglets before they go back to the pond they came from.