What: Walk to School Week is organised by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking and happens during National Walking Month each May.
It challenges schools and their pupils to walk to school more during the week. It’s a great way to celebrate walking and can be a stepping stone to year-round activity. Last year, over 14,000 classes took part; that’s approximately 400,000 children walking to school.
This year’s Walk to School Week theme is ‘Strider’s Walk in the Wild’ with resources focusing on the walking habits and natural environments of different animal species and providing daily curriculum-linked activities for KS1 and KS2.
When: 16 – 22 May 2016
Where: Throughout England, Scotland and Wales
Other information: The fundraising element of Walk to School Week takes place on Tuesday 17 May, or ‘Happy Shoesday’. Children and teachers will wear the shoes that make them the happiest and donate £1.
Money raised will go to Living Streets for work with schools, disability groups and local communities, and campaigning work to make UK streets safer for everyone.
Contact: Schools interested in getting involved should contact Living Streets for more information about available resources: 020 7456 9794.
David Graham, Head of Strategy (Schools) said:
“Walking to school is a free and easy way for children to build exercise into their day. Physically active children are more alert, ready to learn and achieve better grades than those who are driven.
“The majority of children are not getting their recommended 60 minutes of daily exercise. At Living Streets, we know that encouraging more children to walk to school is one of the best places to start to tackle this inactivity.
“Walk to School Week is a really effective way of encouraging families to swap four wheels for two feet. I’d encourage anyone to get involved and take part in something great.”