Calling For Year 3 Budding Fishkeepers

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Calling for Year 3 budding fishkeepers
10th October 2018

By Sandra Pearce

Maidenhead Aquatics has opened applications for its third annual Fishkeeper Fry project, which starts in January 2019.

Fishkeeper Fry is a free, fun and engaging video-led educational programme designed by Maidenhead Aquatics for Year 3 primary schoolchildren, aged seven to eight years, to help develop the next generation of responsible fishkeepers.

A spokesman said: “Not only does this programme provide a great way to get children interested in a fascinating hobby from an early age and provide a great enhancement to traditional science curriculum lessons, but it also offers a range of other benefits to the wider learning experience in the form of mood enhancement and a means of encouraging relaxation in children.”

Schools have access to a series of short instructional films along with all the equipment they need to follow along with the films provided free of charge (courtesy of Maidenhead Aquatics and its partners Hagen and Tetra), so that children can learn hands-on how to set up an aquarium and look after their fish well.

Participating schools are allocated a local Maidenhead Aquatics store for the duration of the programme who can provide expert day-to-day advice and support for them during the programme and thereafter.

The programme has attracted good feedback from teachers who have already participated. Basildon Primary said: “A really great learning experience for all involved. Many of the children are now talking about wanting their own tanks and one boy has decided to become a marine biologist!”

Homer First School said: “I would certainly recommend this programme to other schools and have already done so! The children learned a lot, not only about how to keep fish but also about important scientific concepts such as photosynthesis and digestion.”

At the end of the eight-week programme, schools can keep the aquarium on school premises. If you know of a Year 3 class who might like to get involved, you can refer them to www.fishkeeperfry/fishkeeperfry

Applications close on November 9.