A mile a day lets you work, rest and play

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

A school in Ruther­glen will make the chil­dren walk a daily mile to im­prove their fit­ness and fo­cus their minds.

Pupils at Fern­hill Pri­mary School have been sent out to walk a mile ev­ery day in the school grounds af­ter a sim­i­lar scheme at other schools in Scot­land proved to be a suc­cess.

Teach­ers have taken the chil­dren from P2-4 out of lessons to a con­crete sports pitch for their daily walk, which lasts 15 min­utes.

But af­ter the Oc­to­ber break the scheme will be rolled out to the whole school af­ter their trial over the last three months had proved suc­cess­ful.

P3 pupil Len­non McFadyen (7), who joins his teach­ers on the walk ev­ery day, said: “It keeps us fit and it keeps our lungs work­ing. We do en­joy it. I en­joy it be­cause we get to see the na­ture when we walk round the pitch twice. It is tir­ing.”

Olivia Moules (7) said: “I like it be­cause you get all the fresh air. When you are too hot in class it cools you down.

“It keeps you healthy and you can get oxy­gen into your lungs.”

Lu­cas Wil­ton ( 7) added: “It keeps your lungs work­ing and it’s im­por­tant be­cause it keeps us breath­ing. You get faster and bet­ter at walk­ing.”

Su­san McArdle and Michelle Kil­gour were the first teach­ers at the school to in­tro­duce the Daily Mile into their timeta­bles af­ter see­ing the suc­cess of the scheme at St Nini­ans Pri­mary in Stir­ling.

Re­searchers from Stir­ling Univer­sity are un­der­tak­ing a study of St Nini­ans to de­ter­mine whether the Daily Mile should be adopted na­tion­wide.

P2 teacher Su­san said the ben­e­fits of the walk were “fan­tas­tic”.

She said: “We both saw an ar­ti­cle in June this year about the school in Stir­ling. They have been do­ing the walk for three years and have al­ready shown the ben­e­fits.

“We thought if we tried it and it’s suc­cess­ful, runs well and easily we can roll it out to the whole school.

“It’s 15 min­utes and we aim to walk a mile.

“Ob­vi­ously the health ben­e­fits are fan­tas­tic. We see a big dif­fer­ence when they come in.

“If we stop at 10am in the mid­dle of a task and come back they are much sharper and fo­cussed.

“We do it three morn­ings in the week and on two af­ter­noons.

“Af­ter­noons can be quite a chal­lenge with the in­fants and it breaks up the af­ter­noon and gives us a fo­cus to get our work done.

“The kids are to­tally up for it and they are re­ally keen to see the ben­e­fits as well.

“We talk about heart rate and lung ca­pac­ity and they know if they keep do­ing this then they won’t get out of breath.”

P3 teacher Michelle added: “To be­gin with it it was tak­ing time for them to get go­ing but they now know when they are do­ing it and why they are do­ing it. They love it.

“They still get two ses­sions of PE a week. The next plan is to take them through the for­est grounds so they are do­ing in­clines to give them another chal­lenge.”

The kids are to­tally up for it and they are re­ally keen to see the ben­e­fits as well

Long walk Kids at Fern­hill en­joy their daily mile

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