Putting the Clyde in the classroom? There must be something in the water

Releasing fish
Releasing fish

Pupils from Lairdsland have just completed ‘Clyde in the Classroom’ – an eco-education project that uses the life-cycle of a native Scottish species, the brown trout, to encourage children to engage with nature and protect their local environment.

The children, assisted by Clyde River Foundation scientists, have followed the development of brown trout from eggs to fry in a custom-made classroom hatchery over the past 4 weeks. The children were responsible for the day-to-day care of the fish which required preparing them for release into Park Burn, next to the new school site, by using homemade icepacks to control the water temperature.

Teachers use Clyde in the Classroom to help deliver Curriculum for Excellence learning experiences and outcomes, tying in everything from art to mathematics.

Mr Glancy said: “They have grown as responsible learners ensuring that the conditions of the hatchery were perfect”.

Dr Willie Yeomans, catchment manager with the Clyde River Foundation said ““We are delighted to welcome the 20,000th child to the project.”