Clyde in the Classroom is a hands-on project which uses the life history of a native Scottish species, the brown trout, to promote awareness of river ecology among young people across the River Clyde catchment. The project is delivered by the Clyde River Foundation and is a great basis for outdoor learning and STEM education.
Aimed at P5-P7 classes, the project encourages children to engage with nature and develop a sense of pride in their local environment. The children are responsible for the care of brown trout within their classroom and work weekly with Clyde River Foundation Scientists. The twin outcomes of developing citizenship and personal confidence are illustrated by their personal and group work. The project has inspired achievement right across the curriculum, from poetry and prose to scientific recording via artwork, songs, plays, film production and presentations to peer and community groups.
“This has got to be one of THE most important educational projects offered to children in schools that I’ve been involved in.
It affords them experiences and opportunities that many of them have never had before and will likely never have again. This is invaluable to their learning, growing and maturing as responsible young people.
It has opened up their minds and given them an awareness of their community and how they can play their part in ensuring that they live responsibly within their own environment.
This is definitely a project which sparks the desire to learn more, both for children and adults alike.” Class Teacher, St Dominic’s Primary School, Airdrie
Charity number SC029602