Walk to School Week: W.B. 17.05.21
Walk to School Week is an opportunity to get moving and encourage children to be more active. The 5-day challenge takes place from the 17th to the 21st of May and is designed to help children reach their minimum 60 minutes of exercise per day.
Being active and getting some exercise in the morning before arriving at school will help set children up for a positive day; improving focus and concentration, and instilling a sense of physical and mental wellbeing.
Walk to School Week is also designed to extend beyond the week itself, by encouraging healthy habits for life with a focus on exercise, diet and wellbeing.
Walking to school can help children to feel more independent, confident and in control of themselves too. They'll learn the route from home to school, which can boost their navigation skills, and they'll learn more about road safety.
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The week-long challenge is not just about walking. Any type of exercise is encouraged, including cycling, riding your scooter or even running.
Although it may not be possible for every child to walk the distance from their house to their school, parents are encouraged to 'drive and stride,' parking further than they normally would and walking the rest of the way. This also means that traffic congestion and pollution is reduced around school gates.
Children who walk, scoot or cycle to school or who ‘drive and strive’ will receive a certificate at the end of the week.
For more resources to support walking to school, please see our National Walking month page too.