The event is part of national charity Living Streets’ Great British Walking Challenge, taking place throughout May – when thousands of people will be walking to school, work, or around their neighbourhoods.
Last year over 1 million children in over 4000 schools ditched the school run as part of Walk to School Week. This year, Walk to School are challenging classrooms to embark upon a virtual journey from Lands End to John O’Groats as Strider’s Walking Challenge.
Everyone can help bring the week to life in the classroom, with the help of Walk to School free assembly and lesson plan resources, created especially for Walk to School Week 2012. These are all linked to the theme of Strider’s Walking Challenge – lots of small steps can make a big difference!
Walk to School is a national campaign that was launched in 1995 with a simple aim – to encourage all parents and children to make walking to school part of their daily routine. We now have over 6,400 schools and 1.6 million children taking part.
Walking to school is good for you and your child to get exercise. Exercise will improve your child’s concentration and help you keep fit. It’s great to spend time together and chat. And it will save you money. here are a few statistics from Walk to School website:
- The number of children travelling to school by car over the past 20 years has doubled. (Dept for Transport)
- 4 out of 10 boys and 6 out of 10 girls do not carry out the recommended minimum of one hour a day of physical activity. (National Diet and Nutrition Survey 2000)
- Short-term and even superficial exposure to natural areas through brief walks have been found to have positive effects on mood, reducing feelings of anger and anxiety. (Journal of Environmental Psychology, 2003)
- Driving the average school run for a year costs over £400. (Figure is based on approved mileage rates from the Inland Revenue)