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!

Our Instagram Feed

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  1. Ever wondered about Tappers? How he fell in love with Fishkeeping, and how that love has stayed with him since he was a boy? 
To find out those answers, his top 5 fishkeeping tips and head over to our website to read the article. 
#fishkeeping #hobbiest #fishkeepingfacts #newprojects #fishkeepers
  2. Have you picked your first Fishkeeper of the Week? 
Each week all partipicating schools are asked to choose one Fishkeeper of the Week, from this the team at Maidenhead Aquatics will pick an overall Fishkeepeer who will win a £25 gift voucher to spend in their local store. 
#youngfishkeepers #ishkeepers #hobbiest #schoolproject #educatingscience
  3. Monday Mood🤩
Fishkeeper Fry starts today, who else is as excited as Tappers?

#youngfishkeepers #schoolprogramme #Fishkeeperfry #science #fishkeeping #hobbiest #newfishkeepers
  4. Are you excited for Fishkeeper Fry? 
You aren't alone, so is our team. This year our team is being Coordinated by Shelby, who is overseeing the project for the second year in a row. 
Shelby will be working with you all over the next 8 weeks to help ensure, that you gain the most out of your Fishkeeper Fry experience. 'I cannot wait to get started this year, and I hope all those involved enjoy the programme.' #schoolproject #projectcoordinater #youngfishkeeping #fishkeepers #science #year3
  5. Don't forget, that you will need to visit your allocated store to collect the equipment needed before you start your lessons next week. ⁠
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#newproject #fishkeeping #storevisits #newyear #youngfishkeepers
  6. Fishkeeper Fry starts 2 weeks today 😍⁠⠀
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Meet Tappers- the face of the programme. Tappers is our welfare officer at @the_fishkeeper , but believes behind the ethos of educating younger generations into Fishkeeping 🐟⁠⠀
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#youngfishkeepers #Tappers #maidenheadaquatics #scienceprogramme #primaryschool #education #year3 #hobbiest
  7. Would your class like to be visited by Tappers? 😁⁠⠀
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Last year our School of the Year winners were visited by Tappers and our Project co-ordinator to be presented with medals and awards as well as have an informal Q&A with Tappers. ⁠⠀
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Our 2020 programme winners, will also be allowed the chance to be visited by Tappers, Shelby and other members of the Fishkeeper Fry team.⁠⠀
Does your class have what it takes to be our programme winners? ⁠⠀
Details of how you can be our winners can be found on our 'School of the Year' highlight. ⁠⠀
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#winners #school #primary #schoolvisit #exciting #schoolprogramme
  8. With planned lessons and task sheets available- Fishkeeper Fry allows our students to gain the most out of our lessons. ⁠⠀
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#lessonplanning #lessons #year3 #science #worksheets #fishkeeping #activities
  9. Fishkeeper Fry offers 8 videos led lessons, to teach children about responsible fishkeeping. ⁠⠀
Alongside the videos provided, we lesson plans, worksheets and task as well as extension activities. ⁠⠀
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We aim to assist teachers in their lesson planning and offer cross-curricular tasks to enhance student learning. ⁠⠀
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#teaching #lessonplanning #youngfishkeepers #hobbiest #aquariums #newtopics #schoolproject
  10. New year and new Fishkeepers of the Week 🤩⁠⠀
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Just a few weeks left until we start to meet our 2020 Fishkeepers of the week. ⁠⠀
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Each week our fishkeepers of the week, are entered to win a £25 gift card for their aquarium, could your class be one of our winners?⁠⠀
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#winners #fishkeepers #award #fry #school programme #year3 #science #fishkeeping
  11. With the new year upon us, our Fishkeeper Fry team working hard to ensure that all the necessary equipment needed is prepared and ready for all our Fishkeeper Fry 2020 schools and students. ⠀
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#fishkeepers #newfishkeepers #scienceprogramme #year3 #childfishkeeper #youngfishkeepers
  12. Last year, along with supporting multiple schools with Fishkeeper Fry, our Inverness store also took part in the programme in store. ⁠⠀
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Your allocated store for the programme will be on hand to support and provide our expert assistance to all of the students and schools involved in our 2020 programme. ⁠⠀
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#experts #schoolprogramme #fishkeeping #scotland #year3 #science #priamryschool #education #youngfishkeepers
  13. During the course of the programme, the team at Maidenhead Aquatics provides worksheets and activities for the students to complete. ⁠⠀
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In previous years, many teachers have taken the programme and added additional cross-curricular activities to engage the students learning. ⁠⠀
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#worksheets #classroomactivities #funlearning #science #english #KS2 #learning #year3 #project #fishkeeping
  14. Thank you! 
We would like to thank all applicants that applied to be apart of Fishkeeper Fry 2020. 
All successful schools have been contacted and confirmed and we are thrilled to have you all with us. 
2020 will be our biggest Fishkeeper Fry to date 🤩

We look forward to working with you all in January 🐟

#youngfishkeeper #schools #aquatics #aquarium #schoolprogram #education #fishkeeping
  15. Are you one of our successful schools for Fishkeeper Fry 2020? ⁠⠀
Remember that we ask that regular weekly updates are sent to the Fishkeeper Fry team. These can include but not limited to your aquarium, worksheet and Fishkeeper of the week, as well as additional activities your class has taken part in. 😀⁠⠀
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#fishkeeper #youngfishkeeper #school #year3 #partipication #school #primaryschool #newhobby #learning #science
  16. Are your students excited at the thought of having fish in the classroom? Your new aquatic pets can soon become a part of your classroom life.⁠⠀
⁠⠀ #science #schoolaquarium #smallaquarium #programme #lesson #year3 #primaryschool #aquatics
  17. This year, Fluval is returning as our programme supporters. The programme is based around a Fluval Flex, which your new aquatic friends will call home for the 8 weeks of the programme. ⁠⠀
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#fluvalaquatics #flex #fishkeeping #year3 #schoolprogramme #primaryschool
  18. 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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#2020programme #scienceproject #fishkeeperfry #year3 #primaryschool
  19. 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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#newproject #application #success #youngfishkeepers #exciting #newhobbiest
  20. 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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#applicationdeadline #schoolprogramme #year3 #youngfishkeepers #school #teachers #reminders

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