We took part in Walk to School Week from the 5th to the 9th October. October is International Walk to School month and we are currently working towards our Eco Schools Green Flag renewal. We have chosen transport as our topic and therefore are finding ways to promote active and sustainable travel to and from school.
We are also taking part in a year long challenge with national walking charity, Living Streets. This month-long challenge is a scheme run by Living Streets, the charity behind the national Walk to School campaign, which encourages families to walk to school at least once a week. At the end of the month, children who walked at least once every week will receive a special badge. Scooting and cycling count too.
Just over half of UK children walk to school, while the number of children being driven to school has doubled in the last 20 years. Both schools are taking part because of the many benefits they believe it will bring to their children and the community. Children who do some form of exercise, especially a walk before school: arrive fit, refreshed and ready to learn; do better in class and are happier, healthier and more independent. More children walking to school means reduced congestion and improved safety at the school gate and better local air quality and reduced CO2 emissions.
Children in each class recorded their journeys each morning on their class travel tracker and received certificates at the end of the week if they walked, cycled or scootered to school every day.
Simpson (Eco Schools Coordinator and Class Teacher) states ‘Taking part in the Health and Wellbeing Five Day Walking Challenge has been a fantastic experience. We are pleased to see an increase in the number of active and sustainable journeys to and from school since returning in September. We know this has a great impact on the wellbeing, health and fitness of our children whilst helping to improve the environment. We cannot wait to continue our work this year.’