A mile a day lets you work, rest and play
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