The Scottish Government has a focus on improving the health and wellbeing of students across the country, so much so that it is an integral part of the Curriculum for Excellence (Scottish Government, 2018). All teachers have a responsibility to fulfil the health and wellbeing needs of pupils both in and out of the classroom.
During Remote Learning there has been a National concern about pupils’ health and wellbeing (Newlove-Delgado et al. 2021). As a group, we decided to focus on daily walks as we all know about the benefits of daily exercise not only physically but mentally (Robinson et al. 2020), and this was one of the things the Government allowed people to leave their houses for.
Even though pupils were not physically in front of us we still have the responsibility of looking after their wellbeing. These wellbeing walks were designed to get pupils outdoors and away from their screens. It has been proven that too much screen time can be detrimental to children’s mental health (Twenge and Campbell, 2018). While being aware that the only way for pupils to access learning during lockdown was through use of devices, we decided to try and incorporate this walking activity as a break from the monotony for pupils.
In tandem with the walking task there was also a mindfulness element through focussing on one sense each day. Mindfulness is a practice which is designed to relax the body and mind while reducing stress (Mayo Clinic, 2020). When your body and mind are relaxed it allows you to focus better which in turn improves engagement and academic performance.
The aim of this practitioner inquiry was to incorporate daily walks into remote learning to improve pupil wellbeing.
Another aim of this inquiry was to get pupils exercising outdoors during the period of a ‘Stay at Home’ message from the Government in a bid to improve their health and wellbeing.