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Something Fishy Project

‘Something Fishy’ is an education resource produced by Inland Fisheries Ireland in conjunction with Blackrock Education Centre. The Project is aimed at fifth and sixth classes in Primary School. It explores different aspects of fish life, e.g. water, fish, the life cycle of a salmon, fish stocks, angling, conservation of our rivers and lakes, and fish as part of the food chain.

This project is an invitation to virtually leave the classroom in pursuit of learning, excitement, enjoyment and fun. The lessons transport the child’s mind to the waters of Ireland to discover the History, Geography and Science elements of the curriculum.

For the Teacher the series of lessons is based on the SESE Curriculum. It is an integrated programme which includes many teaching and learning experiences emanating from the Strands and Strand Units of Geography, History and Science in the new Curriculum. Notes for the teacher are included and they give the relevant background information and guidelines on working through the lessons. The lessons and notes etc. are available in Irish and English.

For the Pupil the project is an invitation to virtually leave the classroom in pursuit of learning, excitement, enjoyment and fun. The lessons transport the child’s mind to the waters of Ireland to discover the History, Geography and Science elements of the curriculum. And then there is the opportunity to experience and question these new ideas and to reinforce the learning with various games, quizzes and demonstrations which are included in the special website, www.somethingfishy.ie.

This interactive website, www.somethingfishy.ie. supports the project. This online resource contains all the information required for the programme, as well as other interactive games, quizzes and activities which can help to reinforce the lessons learnt in class. The aim of the programme is to educate children about the importance of the river environment with special emphasis on anti-pollution and anti-litter and angling. The pupils are introduced to different fish species in our rivers and are advised on how we can work together to ensure water quality and conservation of fish and fishing in Ireland.

An integral part of the whole project is the visit by the pupils to the river, or a visit by the Fisheries Staff to the classroom. They encourage safety and awareness and explain the importance of water quality and ways of judging it and improving it. They demonstrate the importance of conservation and promote the anti pollution and anti litter message. They take ‘kick samples’ with the children and explain the findings. They show samples of fish life in the river by ‘electric fishing’. This activity is very exciting for the pupils as they see young salmon, trout, eels and other species up close and they are allowed to touch and feel the caught fish.

West Cork Education Centre in collaboration with Inland Fisheries Ireland and Blackrock Education Centre launched the Something Fishy Programme for West Cork schools in autumn 2011.

2017/2018

Following on from the success of the Something Fishy project at West Cork Education Centre, we are delighted to offer West Cork Primary Schools the opportunity to become involved in this exciting project again for 2017-2018.

In 2016 -2017, 14 primary schools took part in the project and the standard and quality of the finished projects which were submitted for judging were second to none. After much deliberation, Bishop Galvin Central School in Newcestown were nominated to represent West Cork Education Centre at national level. The school will shortly be awarded the Regional prize. Huge congratulations to everyone at Bishop Galvin Central  and also to all the other schools who participated in the project.

The ‘Something Fishy’ Education resource is produced by Inland Fisheries Ireland in conjunction with Blackrock Education Centre. The project is aimed at fifth and sixth classes in Primary School. It explores different aspects of fish life, e.g. water, fish, the life cycle of a salmon, fish stocks, angling, conservation of our rivers and lakes, and fish as part of the food chain.

The Something Fishy project is a dream project for schools. Unfortunately, we can only accommodate a small number of schools each year so early application is advised. A sheet is below with further details on the project.

If you are interested in applying, please fill in the application form below and return to West Cork Education Centre by Friday, October 6th 2017.

Application form 233.0 KiB

Information Sheet for Schools 236.5 KiB

2016/2017

Following on from the success of the Something Fishy project at West Cork Education Centre, we were delighted to offer West Cork Primary Schools the opportunity to become involved in this exciting project again for 2016-2017.

In 2015 -2016, 14 primary schools took part in the project and the standard and quality of the finished projects which were submitted for judging were second to none. After much deliberation, Ballinacarriga NS, Dunmanway were nominated to represent West Cork Education Centre at national level. The school was also awarded the regional level prize. Huge congratulations to everyone at Ballinacarriga N.S. and also to all the other schools who participated in the project.

The ‘Something Fishy’ Education resource is produced by Inland Fisheries Ireland in conjunction with Blackrock Education Centre. The project is aimed at fifth and sixth classes in Primary School. It explores different aspects of fish life, e.g. water, fish, the life cycle of a salmon, fish stocks, angling, conservation of our rivers and lakes, and fish as part of the food chain.

Congratulations to Newcestown NS  who won Best Project for West Cork 2016-2017.

2015/2016

Following on from the success of the Something Fishy project at West Cork Education Centre, we were delighted to offer West Cork Primary Schools the opportunity to become involved in this exciting project again in 2015-2016.

In 2015-2016, 14 primary schools took part in the project. Ballinacarriga NS were nominated as the local winners for the Something Fishy Competition.

This Education resource is produced by Inland Fisheries Ireland in conjunction with Blackrock Education Centre. The project is aimed at fifth and sixth classes in Primary School. It explores different aspects of fish life, e.g. water, fish, the life cycle of a salmon, fish stocks, angling, conservation of our rivers and lakes, and fish as part of the food chain.

The Something Fishy project is a dream project for schools.

Congratulations to Ballinacarriga NS who won Best Project for West Cork 2015-2016.

2014/2015

‘Something Fishy’ returned for another year to West Cork in 2015 in collaboration with Inland Fisheries Ireland.2E6A5594b

18 schools participated in this phase and submitted their projects for the local competition final. Judging took place on June 19th.

All participating classes have enjoyed a visit to their local river. The local Fisheries Officer, Michael McPartland together with colleagues help students to identify river species and to explore river and fish life.

Congratulations to St Mary’s SNR School, Dunmanway who won Best Project for West Cork 2014-2015 and their winning entry, ‘The Wonderful Water Kids Show’ went on to take the National Title at a memorable awards ceremony held at West Cork Education Centre in October.

2013/2014

‘Something Fishy’ returned to West Cork in 2014 in collaboration with Inland Fisheries Ireland. 15 schools participated in this phase and submitted their projects for the local competition final. Judging took place on June 23rd.

All participating classes have enjoyed a visit to their local river. The local Fisheries Officer, Michael McPartland together with colleagues help students to identify river species and to explore river and fish life.

Congratulations to Scoil na mBuachailli who won Best Project for West Cork 2013-2014.

2012/2013

The Theme for the Something Fishy 2012/2013 project was Invasive Species.

As part of the Something Fishy Programme, Inland Fisheries Ireland working in partnership with the Education Centres host  an annual class competition.

Congratulations to St Colman’s Boys NS, Macroom who won Best Project for West Cork 2012-2013.

2011/2012

15 schools participated in this first  phase and submitted their projects for the local competition final.

All participating classes have enjoyed a visit to their local river. The local Fisheries Officer, Michael McPartland together with colleagues help students to identify river species and to explore river and fish life.

Congratulations to Ballinadee NS who won Best Project for West Cork 2011-2012
Well done to all schools who have participated in this initiative since 2011.

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