Overnight the frog was frozen to halt further decomposition. The following morning, once staff had researched the process and thought about the safety issues, resources were gathered. Dissection trays, pins, scalpel, paper towels, protective goggles, hot water and information books were assembled. An adult supported children to carefully look at the preserved frog. Some children noticed its powerful hind legs for jumping. Children observed that the frog’s skin was coloured and spotted to help camouflage. Some children predicted what we might find inside the frog. An adult used a scalpel to make incisions and cut through the skin and muscle underneath. Children looked into the body cavity and discovered some of the organs. The awe and wonder of the children was evident. We also found tiny black eggs that filled the body cavity, that we discovered meant it was a female frog.
Afterwards we carefully buried the frog's body and the children were further supported to understand the cycle of life and death.
Children involved took information home to share with their families about the learning they were involved in and staff fully reflected on the learning and any issues it may have thrown up.