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Dec 1, 2008

Frogs and Friends Assemblies

Frogs and Friends assemblies from Blackpool Zoo Park  
Taking frogs to school assemblies 

During July 2008, Blackpool Zoo contacted primary schools within the Fylde coast area and offered to deliver an assembly about amphibians. This morning assembly lasted 30-45 minutes and provided fun facts about frogs, some of their current global threats and possible solutions.

The aim was to raise awareness of the plight of amphibians around the world and how each school could help. In addition, each child received an Amphibian Ark mask to make at home. The session’s objectives were to increase knowledge about frogs, namely words used to describe them and their range of colours. We wanted children to be able to state what frogs eat, which animals like to eat them and list how frogs stop themselves from being predated.

As well as factual information about frogs we also wanted to increase the children’s awareness of the global threats to frogs, the EAZA Amphibian Alarm campaign and how both zoos and schools could help. The aims and objectives were used to devise two questionnaires that were completed by year 3 pupils at each school both before and after their assembly. This would give us product evidence of whether our learning objectives had been met and the impact this session had on the target audience. We used a PowerPoint presentation, along with inflatable frog lifecycles and “Algernon” a red eyed tree frog hand puppet to make each session enjoyable, yet informative. Paul Bamford, our senior education officer delivered all the sessions to ensure standardization.

Evaluation clearly demonstrated how information from the assembly was retained by the pupils. Knowledge of colour and size variation increased and also where the frogs live and the repertoire of what frogs eat and what eats them. We showed how children understand that making a pond is a great way for both zoos and schools to help frogs out. We have also found out that children know that zoos should look after frogs in order for them to have a future.

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