Fishy goings on at Cathedral Primary

Cathedral Primary pupils launch Clyde in the Classroom. Left to right are River Clyde Foundation community engagement officer Gemma Jennings, 'Grace McLaughlin, Michael McGill, Chantel Morrison and biologist Lesley Deans.
Cathedral Primary pupils launch Clyde in the Classroom. Left to right are River Clyde Foundation community engagement officer Gemma Jennings, 'Grace McLaughlin, Michael McGill, Chantel Morrison and biologist Lesley Deans.

Pupils from Cathedral Primary School in Motherwell will have something fishy to occupy them over the new few weeks.

The school is among 95 from all over the west of Scotland who are taking part in this year’s Clyde in the Classroom eco-education project.

Pupils from the school visited Glasgow Science Centre last week to help launch the annual project which is run by the River Clyde Foundation and supported by a £15,000 grant from the Crown Estate.

This year over 2,700 children are taking part in the project which is aimed at P5-P7 classes and uses the life-cycle of the brown trout to encourage children to engage with nature and protect their local environment.

Other local schools taking part are - Logans Primary, Motherwell; Noble Primary, Bellshill; Mossend Primary; Our Lady and St Francis Primary, Carfin; Tannochside Primary.

Pupils raise brown trout from eggs in their class before releasing them into their local river, seeing first-hand the development of a fish species native to Scotland.

Since 2000 CITC has taught nearly 20,000 children about river ecology and during the launch pupils also attended workshops where they learned about the geography and history of the Clyde and the biodiversity of its fish and other animals.

They also learned how to look after trout eggs in a custom-built classroom hatchery so that in the coming weeks, with the help of Foundation scientists, they can raise their own brown trout in the classroom.

The interdisciplinary project develops pupil skills across literacy, numeracy, science, social subjects and health and well being.