Last month it was my great pleasure to be invited up to Marpool School in Exmouth to give a talk specifically about fish to a group of kids aged 6-7.
I wanted to focus on talking different types of fish, their habitats, about sustainability and why Putting Fish First in their diets is important
What better way help the kids get to know the fish than to take some with me? So I arrived with no less than eight actual fish – Hake, Bream, Herring, Cod, Haddock, Plaice, Lemon Sole and Dover Sole – and a large amount of black plastic to make sure I didn’t get in the cleaners bad books!
The kids were really keen to learn which fish was which, to touch them feel them and even kiss them in some cases. We talked about where they lived and where in the world they came from.
We then talked about how important it is to look after our seas and oceans to ensure there is plenty more fish for them, their children and their children’s children. I explained the work of the Marine Stewardship Council, what they do, how important it is to each sustainably sourced fish and how to spot sustainably caught fish by looking out for the little blue logo.
I then told them about why eating fish is really good for you because it contains Omega-3 fatty acids and that eating fish at least twice a week is part of a good balanced diet.
Finally, the kids asked some questions and we had some fun making fishy prints!
I was pleased and surprised how interested and engaged the kids were and was even more surprised that over the next week at pick up time other parents told me how their children had come home asking to eat fish and then pointing out the little blue MSC logo to them in the supermarket!
The following week I was also delighted to receive a fishy thank you card which really made me smile and sits on the wall above my desk with pride.
My son goes to Marpool School and I am a governor their but I would be happy to attend any school in Exmouth or Exeter to give a similar talk if you know a school that may be interested.