What is Fishkeeper Fry?

Fishkeeper Fry 2020 is a completely FREE of charge, fun and engaging video-led educational programme that has been designed specifically for primary school children, aged 7-8 years by a team of aquatic experts at Maidenhead Aquatics to teach children about the science and art of keeping fish.

Now in its 4th year, this short 8-week programme is designed to be delivered in the classroom, by the schools' own teachers. It uses a series of weekly online instructional films, engaging worksheets and added-value films, which provide step-by-step lessons about how to set up an aquarium, add fish and look after those fish day-to-day. The resources have all developed to support the National Curriculum and to get children excited about keeping fish and understanding how to look after and care for them responsibly.

Participating schools will be provided with their very own, free aquarium and all the associated equipment that is used in the programme, to enable them to follow along with the films and set up and care for their own aquarium in the classroom – all with the support of the expert fishkeepers based at a Maidenhead Aquatics store near to your school.

We even provide a selection of fish for them to enjoy so that the children see in real life the science of fishkeeping using the mini eco-system they create: from water chemistry, to how fish eat and the nitrogen cycle.

Check out the 'How does it work?' and 'Fry FAQ's' section below, to find out more what you can expect for your school and what level of commitment is required to take part. Full terms and conditions for the programme can be found here.

Learn More

How does it work?
Take a look at our short video and find out how easy it is to sign up and take part in our next programme.
Fry FAQ's
Still have a burning question about Fishkeeper Fry? Check out the questions we have had about the programme in previous years here.
Previous Years
Take a look at previous Fishkeeper Fry programmes in action and some of the feedback from our fabulous Year 3 teachers and prepare to be inspired!

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  1. Today sees a 2-month countdown until Fishkeeper Fry 2020. 
Our Fishkeeper Fry team are working to ensure that Fishkeeper Fry 2020, is the best we can deliver. ⁠⠀
⁠Following on from feedback, received over previous years to ensure that we encourage all children into the excitement of fishkeeping. ⁠⠀
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  2. Maidenhead Aquatics, are currently reviewing all applicants for our 2020 programme. ⁠⠀
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Successful schools will be contacted within the coming weeks, we hope that there are budding new fishkeepers out there and we look forward to welcoming you into Fishkeeper fry 2020.⁠⠀
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  3. Did you picked up all of your reminders to apply for Fishkeeper Fry? ⏰⁠⠀
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Applications have now closed and the team have begun to look through all applications submitted. Successful applicants can expect to hear by November 15. ⁠⠀
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  4. Studies have shown that having an aquarium, in your classroom releases benefits to the children. ⁠⠀
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Why not allow your students the extra assistance and apply to be apart of Fishkeeper Fry 2020.⁠⠀
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  5. Do you fancy having a tank in your classroom? ⁠
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Applications to be a part of Fishkeeper Fry 2020 close this Sunday! Head over to our website and apply and your class could be new fishkeepers in 2020 ⁠
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  6. Want new and exciting worksheets for your students to engage their learning?⁠
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With Fishkeeper Fry we provide worksheets and extension tasks to run alongside the programme to enhance their learning. ⁠
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#science #worksheets #classroomtasks #youngfishkeepers #lessonplanning #extensiontasks
  7. Learning new and exciting skills at a young age can inspire a lifetime hobby. ⁠
Fishkeeper Fry, teaches its participants how they can set up and maintain an aquarium with skills that can be transferred to home aquariums for a lifetime hobby.⁠
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  8. Have questions about Fishkeeper Fry? 🤔⁠⠀
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Not to worry, all our FAQ's are available on our website. If you still are unsure about something, pop a message via our live chat and a team member will get back to you.⁠⠀
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  9. 📍Geography ⁠
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One of the tasks included in Fishkeeper Fry, is recognising where the fish they are learning about originate from. We found that students enjoyed the cross-curricular activities. ⁠
Many of our Fishkeeper Fry resources, can be incorporated into other subjects. ⁠
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#crosscurricular #schoollessons #geography #science #worldmaps #primaryteaching
  10. Looking for ways to extend the learning material you offer? Looking for extension tasks, with Fishkeeper Fry we offer a range of tasks and worksheets for students to complete to enhance their learning. These tasks can also be used for cross-curriculum activities.⁠
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  11. Fishkeeper Fry, is a nationwide programme that is available in all of our 160 stores. If you are interested and have a Maidenhead Aquatics local then pop in and talk to our staff about your school taking part in this year's programme. ⁠
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#nationwide #schoolprogramme #scienceproject #school #sciencelessons
  12. Each week, alongside our video lessons, we ask the students to take part in classroom activities to build upon what they have learnt. ⁠
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These worksheets can pull on topics that cross into other subjects such as geography, maths and English.  We also offer extension activities as well as creative activities to allow the children to gain all they can from the programme. ⁠
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#education #worksheets #primaryschool #youngfishkeepers #hobbiest #learning
  13. Want to make a display out of Fishkeeper Fry, looking to expand your lessons to engage your students? ⁠
Take a look at what a school for our 2019 project did 👆🏻⁠
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  14. And like that, the filming for our 2020 programme is complete 🎥⁠
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Our film crew have been working, tirelessly and we now hand over to our editing team. Over the coming weeks, we will continue to share behind the scenes footage and images on our highlights. ⁠

We are excited to see how our videos will be able to educate and inspire the students of Fishkeeper Fry 2020.⁠
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  15. Fishkeeper Fry is an 8-week video led the programme to encourage children to get involved in Fishkeeping. ⁠
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The programme is open to students in year 3, or those who are studying at that level. Could your class be one of our schools in 2020? ⁠
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Applications are open now!⁠
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  16. Each week, we ask that you record your water test results, on the chart provided. This allows you and your students to see how your aquarium is adapting and maturing. It also allows you to see if there are any issues with your aquarium, should there be our team are on hand to assist you.⁠
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Water Testing is a key skill required for Fishkeeping, and one of the first things Fishkeeper Fry students are taught. ⁠
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  17. Does your to-do list look like this currently?⁠⠀
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If not make sure you add point 5, to yours so you don't forget to get your Fishkeeper Fry application in! ⁠⠀
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Applications are done on a first-come, first-serve basis so don't wait around. Applications must be submitted via our website 👩‍💻⁠⠀
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  18. Have your students shown an interest in your science lessons? Do you think they have what it takes to be fishkeeper of the week? ⁠⠀
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If so, apply to be a part of our 2020 programme and they could be some of our winners. Each week one student is selected as a Fishkeeper of the Week and wins their school a £25 gift card to be spent on accessories for their tank.⁠⠀
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  19. Is your class interested in Science? Have they shown an extra interest this year? If so, then apply to be part of Fishkeeper Fry for 2020.⁠⠀
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#sciencelessons #year3 #fishkeeperfry #youngfishkeepers #scienceproject

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