Youngsters in the Newton Mearns area are learning scooting skills as part of a new Active Schools project.
Primary 3 pupils from Mearns Primary, St Cadoc's Primary and Crookfur Primary are currently taking part in a pilot project to encourage pupils to "scoot" to school and to give teaching staff another interesting and varied physical activity to use within class time.
The project, with the help and support of Scott Gibson, Senior Transportation Officer for East Renfrewshire Council, secured funding from Go Newton Mearns to purchase enough scooters, helmets, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards for a whole class!
In the pilot, all Primary 3 pupils at each school will receive 4 scooting sessions within curriculum time. The sessions focus on control, stopping and safety. After each school has received their 4 scooting sessions, an incentive scheme is to be rolled out to encourage the children involved to scoot to school on a regular basis rather than come by car. Fantastic prizes are up for grabs for the classes who "scoot" to school the most!
A teacher resource is also being developed and will be offered to teaching staff through training session to be held in summer term of 2017 and if the pilot programme is successful, it will be 'wheeled-out' across all primary schools in East Renfrewshire.
The first sessions we offered at Mearns Primary have been really well received by the children and the staff. They all had so much fun and we're really looking forward to seeing lots of the children use their scooters as a alternative method of transport to and from school, especially as our schools are so congested and blocked up with traffic every morning and afternoon. By scooting, walking or cycling to school, the roads will become much safer and our children, and even parents, will become much fitter.
Kerry Comerford, Active School Coordinator (St Ninian's cluster)
Scooter Project lead
For more information on scooting or to find out more about the work of the Active Schools team, contact us or visit our information page here.
Created 14 November 2016