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.

If you are having any issues completing the application form please email us and let us know at [email protected]

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. Calling all teachers 🔈⁠⠀
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Do not forget that applicants for Fishkeeper Fry 2020.⁠⠀
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#backtoschool #newprogramme #fishkeeping #youngfishkeepers ⁠⠀
  2. Have your students come back to school full of energy this term? Are you looking for new things to spark their interest? 
Fishkeeper Fry, is an 8-week video led programme that teaches children about responsible fishkeeping.⁠⠀
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  3. Excited to be given schoolwork again?⁠⠀
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As part of Fishkeeper Fry, we ask our students to complete weekly tasks, to engage their knowledge and show what they have learnt during the programme.⁠⠀
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  4. Packing up the last of our stock, so that filming for our 2020 series can begin 🎉

Keep an eye on our Instagram stories for behind the scenes of the series filming 🎬

#science #BTS #seriesfilming #youngfishkeepers #learning #aquariumhobby #fishkeepingkids
  5. Trying to lesson plan for the new year? ⁠⠀
With Fishkeeper Fry, we provide lesson plans and worksheets for the programme and offer cross-curriculum activities. ⁠⠀
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#lessonplanning #backtoschool #crosscurriculum #science #year3 #youngfishkeepers #freeschoolproject ⁠#worksheets⁠⠀
  6. Applications for Fishkeeper Fry 2020, are open 🤩 
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  7. #Backtoschool today? Make sure that one of the essentials you include is a reminder to apply for Fishkeeper Fry.  Applications open Monday!⏰⁠⠀
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#reminders #essentials #schools #primaryschool #scienceproject #firstdayofschool #teachers
  8. Back to school, and have you noticed your classroom looking lacklustre? A classroom aquarium can change that. Fishkeeper Fry offers you and your classroom an aquarium for the programme with the option to keep it after.⁠⠀
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#backtoschool #newyear #schoolprogramme #year3 #scienceproject #classaquarium #youngfishkeepers
  9. A week until applications for Fishkeeper Fry open. We hope that you and your students are excited. successful candidates will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, so make sure you don't miss your chance. ⁠⠀
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#backtoschool #youngfishkeepers #schoolprogramme #newterm #newhobby #newyear #applications
  10. Ensuring that all the children are gaining skills from Fishkeeper Fry, Maidenhead Aquatics provides worksheets to encourage the skills and expand on what they have learnt during their lessons. ⁠⠀
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#learning #sciencelessons #youngfiskeeers #newskills #primaryschool #funlessons
  11. Each year, we see more of our Fishkeeper Fry students continuing with their Fishkeeping hobby. ⁠⠀
The skills they learn in the classroom is taken outside and into their home. ⁠⠀
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Creating young fishkeepers who keep the hobby for a lifetime is why we created Fishkeeper Fry. ⁠⠀
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#youngfishkeepers #newfishkeepers #excitingtimes #newhobby #hobbiest
  12. Looking at the reaction of our students, when they take part in their weekly lessons, is one of the reasons why we love Fishkeeper Fry. ⁠⠀
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This girl was extremely excited during our 2019 programme. She has enthusiasm like no other in her class.  Encouraging children into things they find exciting at a young age will hopefully create a lifetime hobby of love for fishkeeping. 🤞🏻⁠⠀
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#excitment #newfish #youngfishkeeping #lifelongskills #youngfishkeepers
  13. Care of your fish is vital to ensure that you have a happy and healthy aquarium. This is not just ensuring that you have a filter it is also about making sure your aquarium is kept clean. ⁠⠀
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Keeping your aquarium glass clean, allows you to keep it free of algae but also ensures that you can always watch your fish. ⁠⠀
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#cleanaquarium #youngfishkeeper #newhobby #fresh #aquarium
  14. During the programme, a representative of the school is required to visit their local Maidenhead Aquatics to collect the relevant livestock and equipment needed for that week's lesson. ⁠⠀
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#newfish #youngaquarist #fishkeeping #storevisits #fishkeeping ⁠⠀
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  15. With every week, the decision to pick a new fishkeeper of the week becomes harder. This is due to so many of our students expanding their knowledge. ⁠⠀
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#newfishkeeper #youngfishkeeper #aquarist #schoolprogramme #newhobby #schoolaquarium #schoolpet
  16. All schools who take part in Fishkeeper Fry are given a Fluval Flex aquarium, while we include a plant in the kit provided to all schools. Some schools add additional decor to their aquariums. ⁠⠀
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One school, in particular, included part of a ruin, alongside a Finding Dory character. ⁠⠀
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#newtank #disney #aquariumdecor #youngfishkeepers #newhobby
  17. Fishkeeper Fry is a programme that encourages children to get into fishkeeping while teaching them the skills needed to have a successful and healthy aquarium. ⁠⠀
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Some of the skills we teach the children involve: water testing, cleaning your aquarium, the nitrogen cycle and holiday care. ⁠⠀
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These skills ensure that all young fishkeepers know how to keep a happy, and healthy fish tank. Learning these skills young ensure that they will use them going forward in their aquatic journey. ⁠⠀
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#youngfishkeepers #youngfishkeeping #youngaquarist #schoolprogramme
  18. During our 2019 programme, many teachers expanded our lessons into other subjects so that all students could gain the full benefits.⁠⠀
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One school took what they learnt in Fishkeeper Fry over to their art lessons, to create their favourite underwater animals. 🐢🐡⁠⠀
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#youngfishkeepers #learning #fishkeeingkids #education
  19. Each week of the programme, we invite teachers to select their fishkeeper of the week. ⁠⠀
Each week, all fishkeepers are sent to Maidenhead Aquatics, who then choose an overall winner. The winner receives a £25 gift card, for them to spend on decorations for their tank.⁠⠀
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#winners #youngfishkeepers #fishkeeper #educationalprogramme
  20. Fishkeeper Fry, doesn’t have to stop once you have completed your weekly lessons. 
It can be embedded into cross curricular activities or used to enhance a topic your students are already studying. 
#lessons #primaryschool #youngfishkeeper #hobbiest #fishkeepers #inspiration

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