Walk to School Week 2017

15th - 19th May 2017

Walk to School Week 15th - 19th May 2017

A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it’s less than half. So Walk to School Week was started to encourage more kids to get out of the car and walk to school.

It seems sad that you need a campaign to encourage children to do what most of us did without thinking anything of it - any kid who got driven to school in my day would have been mercilessly teased.

But you know what, it is up to us: we, the parents, have to set our kids an example.

If the example that you set is that you get in the car to go just a mile down the road, that is the behaviour that your kids will see as normal.

Why Walk to School?

Living Streets is the organisation that runs the national Walk to School campaign, and according to them, parents who walk find the journey to school less stressful, their petrol bill goes down, their children perform better at school and that they and their children feel healthier and fitter.

Teachers even report that those pupils who walk to school are more attentive once they reach their desks.

Walk to School Week is part of a larger campaign by Living Streets called WOW - a year round walk to school challenge where participating schools award badges to kids who walk to school regularly.

How to Make Walking to School Even More Fun

Art: Together We Create

Image Credit: My Life Through A Lens

There are lots of ways you can make your walk to school fun! Look out for all the things that you miss while travelling in the car - why not take a photo of them too.

  1. Look out for local wildlife - from insects and birds to foxes and cats, there is an abundance of animal life all around you. How many different animals can you see on your journey.
  2. Plants are coming into life in May. Can you see blossom on the trees, flowers blooming, even weeds peeking up through the cracks in the pavement?
  3. As you pass houses and shops on your journey look above eye level. Do any of them have anything unusual on them - a carving, a plaque with the date the building was opened - maybe you will see a Blue Plaque to commemorate a famous person who lived in the house or a historic event which took place there.
  4. Look out for interesting textures as you walk along, feel the brick walls, trees and railings as you pass them.
  5. Is there any street art where you live - whether it is official or graffiti?

Happy Shoesday!

If your child's school is taking part they may also be having a Happy Shoesday, when children and staff to wear their happiest shoes to school and donate £1 to Living Streets.

So go on, get out of the car - or if you truly live miles and miles from the school, at least park a little further from the school and walk the rest of the way.

Let's Walk to School

Let's Walk to School - Free Printable Colouring Poster

Help encourage the kids to walk to school with this free printable Let's Walk to School poster for them to colour in.

Have a good Walk to School Week!

Related: 50 Free Revision Resources for GCSE, A-Level, SATs and 11+

About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.








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