Health & Wellbeing
Our children’s health and wellbeing is of paramount importance and this area of the curriculum ‘underpins’ and provides a foundation for all other areas of learning.
In learning in this area, our children tackle a wide range of subjects such as personal health and safety, drug and alcohol abuse, road safety, ‘bully-proofing’ and keeping healthy. Partner agencies such as the School Nurse and our Community Police Officer are invited to school to help support the education of our children in this area.
Personal and Social Development
This area of the curriculum is concerned with educating our children to cope with life and its ever changing nature. It is a vital area of learning and teaching and the work we do in this area not only helps our pupils deal with difficult situations, but also helps to create young, relaxed and confident learners. We have a comprehensive and progressive programme in place, which focuses on developing skills such as independence, interdependence, self-awareness and self-confidence.
A range of strategies/ opportunities for learning are used, including Circle Time and lessons draw upon useful resources including, for example, BounceBack, Skills for the Primary School Child, Creating a Confident School, Quality Circle Time and Cool in School.
Our School Values are also a vital aspect of learning and a recurring theme across all areas:
As a school community, these values were agreed through a process of development involving a wide range of stakeholders which culminated in an event involving over 60 children and adults. Our School Values are also a focus at a range of whole school events, including assemblies and our House System.
All pupils have a minimum of two hours of P.E. per week. In Nursery this is a daily experience, taking place mainly outdoors. Primary 1 to 7 have a range of opportunities to develop physical skills, encourage confidence and co-operation with others and to foster a positive attitude to health and fitness. All of our children also take part in the ‘Daily Mile’ initiative, involving about 15 minutes of daily, continuous fast walking/ jogging/ running, depending on the developing capabilities of the individual.
Teachers draw upon East Renfrewshire Council’s Active 8 programme, including other aspects such as fitness. This programme provides the children with the opportunity to develop specific and varied skills. In conjunction with our Active Schools partners, the school also offers a very wide range of extra-curricular activities such as Football, Netball, Bollywood Dancing and Archery. There are also non-physical clubs such as Film Club, Coding and Guitar.
Here is a link to a PowerPoint presentation given by Marie Baxter, our Active Schools Co-ordinator. There is also a link to a video showing the power of sport.
The Sound Sleep programme from Sleep Scotland is used in Giffnock Primary to support the transition of our Primary 7 pupils to secondary school. The lessons are used as part of the Health and Wellbeing curriculum and aim to develop a greater awareness of the importance of sleep as well as encouraging good sleep habits. Following the success of this during the 2016/17 session, to enhance the children’s learning a parental information session will be offered in the summer term 2017/18 led by Mrs Carney, who is Giffnock Primary’s Sleep Ambassador. Whilst aimed primarily at parents in the upper school, particularly in Primaries 6 and 7, all parents will be most welcome.
Food, Diet and Healthy Eating
During sessions 2018-19 and 2019-20, we have significantly extended the range of experiences our children enjoy across the school from our Nursery Class to Primary 7. A range of parents and carers who have undergone appropriate training are also supporting these experiences throughout the school year and in connection with a range of class themes and contexts for learning.
Parent and Child Cook-alongs
During sessions 2017-18 and 2018-19, we have held a number of parent and child ‘cook-along’ sessions in collaboration with our catering colleagues. The response has been especially positive and were delighted that Education Scotland came to film one of these sessions as an exemplar of good practice during November 2017. Our November/ December 2017 newsletter has a range of photos of these events:
Bounceback is a programme helping children to develop skills, attitudes and behaviours to promote their resilience. This is part of our Health and Wellbeing curriculum and it can also be addressed across all learning. In our cluster we have embraced the Bounce Back approach.
Resilience is the ability to cope and ‘bounce back’ after encountering negative events, difficult situations or adversity and to return to almost the same level of emotional wellbeing. It is also the capacity to respond adaptively to difficult circumstances and still thrive. Young people who encounter difficult or challenging situations can learn from them and become stronger.
This is a research based programme using a cognitive behavioural model which helps children identify unhelpful thoughts and feelings and supports them to respond in a positive way.
To see a copy of the BounceBack leaflet click here:
To see a picture of the BounceBack display from Parent/Teacher meetings, please click on the link below:
We had a presentation from Anna Houston of East Renfrewshire Carers Centre. She came to the school to provide information about young carers. Her presentation is here: