Fish in the Classroom

In January 2011 & 2012, the River Forth Fisheries Trust started up the Fish in the Classroom project at 13 primary schools within the Forth District. The primary schools were located in Clackmannanshire, Stirlingshire and Edinburgh.
The project starts with a presentation to each class on the life cycle of salmon and sea trout, their habitat requirements, threats to survival and conservation actions.Then each class is given 250 trout eggs from Howietoun Fish Farm at Bannockburn. The eggs are at the eyed stage, and the classes must rear them until they hatch into fry and the egg sacs are completely used up. At the beginning of the project, each class is given advice on how to care for the eggs.
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The most important action is for the children to regulate the temperature and keep the aquarium cold enough for the eggs to thrive. The classes are provided with a workbook where they answers questions about salmon and sea trout as well as freshwater ecosystem and they document the development of their trout egg in their ‘Fish in the Classroom’ workbook. At the end of the project, the children release the fry in their local river and electrofishing is demonstrated.

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Through this project participants are introduced to the concept of management strategies in order to preserve salmon populations in the River Forth Catchment. Moreover qualified instructors of the River Forth Fisheries Trust demonstrate techniques used to monitor invasive non-native species along the watercourses and the children have to identify some of the species.

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  • Responsible citizens
  • Effective contributors
  • Successful learners
  • Confident individuals

Project Outcomes

The following outcomes are incorporated in the project Fish in the Classroom:

  • Raising children and young adults’ awareness of the natural environment.
  • Techniques used to preserve local rivers and their ecosystems through management strategies.
  • Introduce the life cycle of Atlantic salmon, their habitat requirements, threats to survival and conservation actions.
  • Demonstrate sampling techniques such as electrofishing.
  • Create new pathways for young adults to participate in environmental- related activities and give an insight into potential career opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

All the sessions of the project are designed around the Curriculum for Excellence and these are the learning outcomes that are incorporated throughout the project.

Responsible Citizens

Some of the sessions of the project take place outdoors leading participants to assess the best behavior to have whilst taking part of the activities. Participants are expected to develop a concerned attitude towards the local environment and evaluate the possible threats.NzL28zAme0VznugEOXiiJ9QmTA_GpllLDAytWSkGvPw

Effective contributors

Throughout the project participant will communicate in different ways in order to discuss about environmental issues and possible strategies to adapt.

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Successful learners

This project is very interactive, as each participant will have the opportunity to share ideas. Participants are encouraged to make their own decisions on the topic raised and to reflect about the issues. Throughout the project, group work is also encouraged in order to develop a variety skills.

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Confident individuals 

During the project, participants will be introduced to new skills and techniques, which the project hopes will be a tool to create new pathways and give an insight into potential career opportunities.

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