At Peartree Spring school we encourage active travel for both the children and the staff wherever possible. Active travel means a mode of transport which involves physical activity, such as walking and cycling to get from one destination to another. Active travel creates holistic benefits across the school and our environment. Switching more journeys to active travel will improve health, quality of life and the environment, and local productivity, while at the same time reducing costs to the public purse. These are substantial ‘win-wins’ that benefit individual children and the community as a whole.
We have many ways in which we promote and target active travel. All classes across the school take part in the ‘Golden Daily Mile’, to boost concentration levels as well as increasing our moods. Annually we take part in ‘Walk to School Week’ to reward and praise exercise and help keep our environment safe and clean. It also makes the children feel more independent and in control. It teaches them basic navigation skills and helps them feel more confident. Scooter and Cycling safety training is also something that we place an important focus on to ensure that our children feel confident and have the skills to make positive and healthy choices in their lives now and in the future.
WOW – the walk to school challenge
WOW is a pupil-led initiative, where children self-report how they get to school every day using the interactive WOW Travel Tracker. If they travel sustainably (walk, cycle, scoot or ‘park and stride’) at least once a week for a month, they get rewarded with a badge. It’s that easy!