Hooked on fish
Seafood Week at Spittal
Fishy goings-on made a Rutherglen school the plaice to be last week as pupils became hooked on learning about the nutritional benefits of fish.
Pupils at Spittal Primary marked the Fish is the Dish campaign’s Seafood Week by acquainting themselves with the fruits of the sea. Jayne Paul, Kayleigh Sharkey and Caroline Baird from Rutherglen’s Tesco Extra visited the school with platters of four varieties of fish from the store’s fish counter. They demonstrated how to gut and prepare a fish before cooking dishes in front of them and giving pupils samples of different fish to try. Children also learned fascinating facts about seafood and were surprised to hear that the mussels on sale at Tesco’s fish counter are live.
“They found it really interesting,” said principal teacher, Sarah Thomson.
“They had seen fish in the sea and on their plates, but this gave them an insight into the transition process.”
Throughout Seafood Week - which aims to encourage families to eat two portions of fish a week - pupils also sampled various varieties of fish and shellfish, including prawns, mussels, salmon paste and sardines.
Pupils, teachers and kitchen staff also talked about how different varieties of fish look, how the skin felt to the touch, and how the textures felt in the mouth.
Children also learned about fins and scales and how they help fish in the water.
They took part in workshops, arts and crafts, and read fish-themed story books.
“They were much more willing than I thought they would be because fish can have an overpowering smell,” continued Sarah.
“A lot of them tried and tasted things for the first time, and liked them, and were going to tell mum and dad at home. When I asked my P1s, the only fish they could name at first was a goldfish. Some didn’t know that tuna was fish. This experience really opened their eyes. We spoke about oily fish, white fish and shellfish. The kids really got into it. It was a great experience for them and one they will remember for a long time.”
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What a catch
Pupils with Tesco Extra staff Caroline Baird (left), Kayleigh Sharkey and Jayne Paul. Dish Darina Gabor and Max Allen, with cook in charge Angela Hunter and pupils Kieran Campbell and Lucy Grant