The eggs have now hatched! We have lots of very tiny tadpoles now swimming around the tank. The children are still thoroughly enjoying observing them. The children have used their literacy learning to write a super sentence about them to include in our frogspawn diary. They are very much becoming fully fledged members of our class, here are a few quotes...
Poppy and Elsie gave them their food today 'Here you go tadpoles!' 'Eat your food'.
Arnie said 'They need to have names!'
Elliot sat on the chair next to them and sang them a song looking at the tank.
When Mrs Batchelor was cleaning them out she explained to Megan that she was going to give them a different tank with some gravel and a bit of pond weed. Megan went over to the old tank and explained excitedly to them 'Tadpoles your getting a new home!'
Mya and Dexter were very keen to read the 'Tadpoles' reading book. Dexter came to find me after changing his book 'Miss Vaughan I've chosen the tadpoles book... so I know about tadpoles!'
We put on our wellies and visited the pond! We looked closely and we could see lots of big clumps of frogspawn on the top of the water. We have been learning about life cycles and Mrs Batchelor said if we were very careful we could scoop some up to observe back in our classroom, the children were so excited! Mrs Batchelor explained that we must take good care of it though. We successfully scooped up some and made sure we collected some pond water for it to live in too as we learnt that, even though frogs are amphibians, the frogspawn needs pond water to live in.
We carried on looking in the pond and noticed lots of other wildlife, particularly lots of newts. Mrs Batchelor carefully scooped up some newts with her net and put them into the tank for us all to have a closer look at. The children were interested to notice their bright orange tummies. We made sure we returned them to the pond carefully as they were adults and we would do the same with the frogspawn when they turned into adult frogs.
When we got back to the classroom the children couldn't stop looking into the tank at the frogspawn. I wonder how much they will have grown over the weekend...
Parents see ILD for pictures :)