Thursday Morning, 8.50am. A normal day at school as the children arrive for registration.
But, there is a flurry of excitement by the school doors. What is that hiding behind the school door this morning?
While the children are very excited, it is clear this frog is very disorientated and frightened.
Frogs hibernate under logs, stones or leaves from October to January. Our school grounds offer perfect hibernation spots for these frogs.
Frogs come out of hibernation as early as February and migrate to bodies of water such as garden ponds.
This frog had quite a journey to make to the school pond located in the infants. And with play time not far away, he would be very lucky to make this journey without being trampled on.
That is where myself and two very keen year 5 children come in! Ok so helping a frog to a pond was not part of the lesson plans for that morning, but we certainly played our part in frog conservation.
The frog (named Mr Hop) looking a little bit more confident as the children leave him in peace and head off for morning assembly.
Looking around, the children found a piece of sports equipment to coax the frog into, ready for transporting to the school pond. But…..he was having none of it!
So, there was only one thing for it. We had to catch him by hand!
I was hoping the children would be more than happy to do this, but they weren’t! So it was left to me, and the children took over photographing duties.
A lot of giggles (from myself and the children), a few croaks and hops later and I finally caught him.
He was very wriggly and croaky to begin with, but after the children explained to him what was happening he soon calmed down.
It was a bit of an adventure getting Mr Hop to the pond without disturbing morning assembly. But with the help of two members of staff we finally arrived at the pond, with the two year 5 wildlife photographers in tow.
I opened my hand and……nothing. He seemed quite comfortable sitting in my hand. He had all the time in the world, not realising we had to get back for literacy lessons.
With a helpful nudge from one of my enthusiastic helpers he finally hopped off into his new home.
A new home for Mr Hop.
A Big Thank You to Mrs Barker (who gave permission for myself and the two year 5 children to take part in this mission), Mrs Thomas (who opened the infant school door for us so that we did not disturb morning assembly) and Mrs Leech (who helped us to get Mr Hop safely to his new home).
The children will be keeping a close eye on the pond, and hopefully as spring arrives so will frog spawn.