Flying Fish is an eco-education project aimed at Primary 6 children in communities near Glasgow Airport. The project, which has been supported by the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund since its inception, provides a unique learning opportunity whereby pupils gain an increased awareness and appreciation of their local river and the wildlife it supports.
Flying Fish: reconnecting children to their local environment
Each class participates in ‘Meet Your River’ which involves a field trip to their local burn and follow-up activities in a ‘pop-up’ classroom laboratory. Flying Fish introduces pupils to the biodiversity of their river and demonstrates how the health of the river is linked to the health of the community. It is hoped that Flying Fish will inspire pupils to develop a long-term interest in their local river and promote a sense of environmental responsibility. Teachers can use the project as a springboard to enhance Curriculum for Excellence learning outcomes in a variety of subjects.
Flying Fish: project history
The project launched in 2014 when it was delivered to all of the Primary 6 pupils in the ten primary schools of the Clydebank High School learning community. West Dunbartonshire Council provided facilities in Dalmuir Park to help deliver the project which focused on the Duntocher Burn.
In 2015 the project was delivered to Primary 6 pupils across the seven primary schools in the St Peter the Apostle High School learning community, and additional support was provided by CashBack For Communities. The project featured on Glasgow Airport’s website here.
In 2016, Primary 6 pupils from ten primary schools in the Drumchapel High School, Douglas Academy and Bearsden Academy learning communities participated in Flying Fish. The Greggs Foundation, Crown Estate, River Kelvin Angling Association and Hugh Fraser Foundation joined the FlightPath Fund as project supporters.
In 2017, more than 300 pupils from seven primary schools in the Trinity High, Renfrew High and St. Ninian’s High School learning community will be participating in Flying Fish. The Ernest Cook Trust have joined the FlightPath Fund as project supporters.
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