Clerkhill pupils get the taste for fish

Trawlermen star Jimmy Buchan shows some fish to pupils (left to right): Alanna Cordiner, Reuben Haggath and Penny Summers.
Trawlermen star Jimmy Buchan shows some fish to pupils (left to right): Alanna Cordiner, Reuben Haggath and Penny Summers.

An education resource pack that supports primary school teachers to deliver healthy eating lessons tied into the national curriculum has been made available to every primary school in Scotland.

The new cross-curricular resource, for children aged 5-8 years will provide schools with easy to use teachers’ guides, workbooks and information on how to educate children about the benefits of eating seafood.

The resource pack, developed by Fish is the Dish, the consumer and education face of seafood authority Seafish, and the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF), has been designed to encourage cooking and tasting activities and looks at different species of fish as part of a healthy balanced diet, addressing teachers’ frustrations that the topic is difficult to manoeuvre into the school curriculum.

Each pack contains a comprehensive teachers’ guide including curriculum links and six lesson plans, as well as stickers and posters for children to use at school and home. All teaching materials are also available on the Fish is the Dish website with no copyright restrictions.

As part of the rollout of the packs, Peterhead trawlerman Jimmy Buchan, went in to Clerkhill Primary School on Wednesday to teach a class of children about fish as food and the pupils also got the chance to work from the Fish is the Dish education pack with teacher Marina Smith.

The rollout of the pack follows a recent poll conducted by Seafish which highlighted that kids have a worrying lack of awareness when it comes to naming different species of edible fish.

One-third (29%) of Britain’s five to 11 year olds named Fish Fingers as an edible seafood, ahead of popular species haddock (18%) and prawns (16%).

This roll-out across the schools is the latest in a series of Seafish education initiatives designed to encourage more children to eat fish.

Roy Ballam, education programme manager at the British Nutrition Foundation said: “It’s important that children understand that there are different types of fish that they can prepare, cook and eat, and that it is part of a healthy varied diet.

“School resources that help teachers deliver these important messages are welcome.

“This pack has given Seafish the opportunity to provide teachers in Scotland with new materials to engage children at school and to also give them a healthy start to life.”

Heather Middleton, who heads up Fish is the Dish at Seafish, added: “The BNF have their finger on the pulse when it comes to education. They have helped us to develop a fantastic set of interactive materials for children.