Each year, between January and Easter, schools across the catchment become home to hundreds of trout eggs as part of Trout in the Classroom. These eggs are reared in a hatchery installed by Ribble Rivers Trust, with pupils taking responsibility for the ever-growing fish and observing each stage of the fish’s development. By Easter the trout will have reached the fry stage and are ready to be released into the local river or stream.
Trout in the Classroom is part of our bigger Rivers in the Classroom initiative. Rivers in the Classroom is a programme that has carefully developed by Ribble Rivers Trust and teaching professionals. This helps to ensure that the activities provide an enriching learning experience with professional ecologists whilst covering the key aspects of Key Stage 2 leaning from the National Curriculum.
Pupils taking part in Rivers in the Classroom learn about life cycles, food chains, and the relationships between living things and their environment. They also look at the effects of human activity on these habitats. By increasing the understanding of these habitats, we hope pupils will learn how to properly care for them and develop a sense of responsibility and ownership for the natural world.
The activities are also designed to promote the development of other skills, such as team building, communication, and reflection. Other topics are also incorporated including English, maths, art, and music- and all of this revolves around a tank full of trout!