A local business has generously sponsored two schools across the UK so they can take part in Walk to School Week (21 – 25 May), the campaign to get children moving more from Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.
Bovis Homes has allocated funds so that schools in Ipswich and Norfolk can receive Walk to School Week resource packs for KS1 and KS2 to help get pupils walking.
The resources are designed to help challenge and encourage children to walk to school and can be a stepping stone to year-round activity. Last year, over 14,000 classes took part in Walk to School Week; that's approximately 400,000 children walking to school.
The theme for 2018 is 'Walking Roots' with resources taking pupils on a journey from the roots to the leaves of a tree with fun, engaging and educational materials guiding them on the way. Each challenge pack contains everything needed to run the five-day walking challenge, including a classroom wallchart, teacher and pupil wallchart stickers, pupil activity diaries, pupil rewards magnets and teacher instructions.
Walk to School Week is an initiative run by the UK's charity for everyday walking, Living Streets, to help reverse the decline in walking to school. Since the 1970s, the amount of primary school children walking to school has dropped by over a third.
“We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to support the Walk to School Week,” says regional marketing manager at Bovis Homes, Candice McCabe. “It is a fantastic community initiative, encouraging children to get out and about and become more active. We hope the students enjoy the activities during the week and are inspired to walk to school.”
Joe Irvin, Chief Executive at Living Streets says: “It's wonderful to see Bovis Homes generously donating funds to help children in its local community.
“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 – for now and for the future.
“Walking to school is a free and easy way for children to build exercise into their day. Plus, physically active children are more alert and ready to learn.
“I'd encourage everyone to get involved and take part in the walk to school campaign.”
To find out more about Walk to School Week visit www.livingstreets.org.uk/walktoschoolweek