Fourteen hundred primary age children across south-west Glasgow have started school with health on their minds thanks to a new school diary.
The Health and Homework Diary 2010-2011 aims to encourage children in Primary 5 and composite classes to become healthier and happier!
Packed with healthy lifestyle tips, the diary has space for children to record their health targets, reminders to be healthy such as brushing their teeth and there’s also a section for them to jot down their homework.
The diary is packed full of great tips and ideas on healthy eating, looking after your teeth, anti-bullying, being happy and lots more. There’s also some great little facts and short quizzes to keep them amused.
A section at the back also lists useful contacts such as Childline, Govan Youth Information Project and the Youth Community Support Agency.
The project has been brought to the area by Health Improvement Seniors for Schools, Jackie Chalmers and Siobhan Boyle.
Jackie Chalmers, based at Bellahouston Academy, said: “The ethos behind the diary is to encourage the children to incorporate health habits into their everyday life by providing them with relevant health and wellbeing information. This could be on brushing their teeth twice a day or eating five pieces of fruit or vegetables or doing some form of exercise.
“One of its aims is to enhance the children’s knowledge of key health and wellbeing targets including oral health, healthy eating, physical activity and emotional health. The child sets his or her own targets for these and there’s space to record whether or not this has been achieved.
“We’re also keen to get families involved in the health diary and encourage the children to discuss what they’ve learned with their parents or carers.”
She added: “The diary also comes with a teacher’s pack to enable class teachers to use the diary in school as part of their health curriculum. The idea behind it is that teachers can work with the children to set their individual or class targets within the daily diaries, and use the pack as part of their health programme.”
The Health Diary project as it looks today was first piloted in the east of Glasgow three years ago and following consultation with a range of primary school staff in this area, it was decided to develop the diary so that it also incorporated a homework element.
Jackie added: “We’ve already had great feedback on the new look diary from both pupils and teachers.”
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