What is Fishkeeper Fry?

Fishkeeper Fry 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. This short 8-week programme has been 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.

Applications for our 2025 programme will open in September 2024.
Full terms and conditions for the programme can be found here.

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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!

For delivery before Christmas, orders must be placed on or before 3pm on Wednesday 20th December. We cannot guarantee delivery of these orders pre-Christmas as we are reliant on our couriers, but will use our best endeavours to get orders placed on this date out to you before Christmas. For full details of our festive delivery and opening times click here

Please note: online orders placed after 3pm on Friday 22nd December will not be dispatched until the New Year. For full details of our festive delivery and opening times click here