Hooked on fish

Seafood Week at Spit­tal

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Niki Ten­nant

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.”

Go­ing swim­mingly Ju­nior Brown, Ethan Gour­ley, Har­ris Friel, Maisie Laf­ferty and Rorie Lam­bie show off their fishy art­work

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

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