It’s raining and sometimes snowing but that won’t stop us!

Our local schools have made a lot of changes during the pandemic. One of these changes is a push for more outdoor PE and learning but with the Scottish weather this can be a challenge as you can imagine! After discussions just before schools returned for the new academic year, we secured funding from both the VSGWL (Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian) and Community Funding Scotmid, allowing us to provide approximately 140 children in the Fauldhouse and Breich Valley area with waterproof trousers and jackets.

Karen MacMillan (Principle Teacher, Addiewell Primary) said “the waterproofs have helped ensure we can all enjoy more outdoor PE and it allows us to take our learning lessons outdoor too. They have been gratefully received and certainly helped in these difficult times.” Karen added “as we are unable to allow the children to get changed, wearing waterproofs means their clothes stay dry. Previously we had children sitting in wet clothes all day after a PE lesson first thing on a rainy morning”.

Martin McCusker (Head Teacher, Falla Hill Primary, Fauldhouse) said “the waterproof clothing has allowed all P4-P7 children to experience more outdoor learning and PE, and to make more use of the school garden”. Martin added “every class has spent an increased time outdoors as part of class work such as maths or on community projects including taking part in litter picking”.

Thank you to the funders and as you can see from the photos below the children are enjoying their outdoor learning and activities – staying dry and staying safe. #outdoorlearning#togetherwecan#ChildrenMatter