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.
The main aim of the project is to ensure that participants gain outdoor experience as well as practical experiences. Fish in the Classroom has been designed to link the learning outcomes with the Curriculum for Excellence. The main skills that participants will develop are:
- Responsible citizens
- Effective contributors
- Successful learners
- Confident individuals
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.
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.
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.
Throughout the project participant will communicate in different ways in order to discuss about environmental issues and possible strategies to adapt.
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.
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.