Walking

With schools in Scotland closed since 20 March, our Project Coordinator Fiona has been talking to children and families in Renfrewshire about staying safe and active during lockdown.

Fiona

 

In more usual times, it’s my job to work with schools to encourage children and families to walk to school, tracking their journeys using our Travel Tracker. But since schools have been closed, we’ve been looking for other ways to make sure children across Scotland can stay active.

Living Streets has been publishing weekly resources and activities for primary school pupils (4-11 years), and the schools I work with in Renfrewshire have been sharing these with their pupils every week. Many schools are encouraging their pupils and their families to use these activities as a way of keeping active while not travelling to their usual classrooms.  

 

 

Scavenger hunt
Max (P5)

Schools across Scotland are encouraging their pupils to be active within the guidelines and many have mentioned these resources have been a great way to bring some colour to their walks and exercise.  

Pupils at Wallace Primary School have been completing lots of these activities as part of their online learning, from nursery all the way up to P7. Pupils have been filling in their diaries on what they saw when out and about on their walks, with some mapping out their journeys to schools and looking at road safety as well throughout May.  

Since the beginning of lockdown we have been continuing to encourage pupils to complete the Travel Tracker with activities each day to help them measure an active travel method.  Living Streets has been supportive in keeping us updated with additions to their website and how to integrate their resources with daily activities and continuing to promote an active lifestyle. 

Our JRSOs (Junior Road Safety Officers) are excited about completing the Hi5 awards remotely and we have used National Walking Month resources with our existing home learning app and to provide a greater range of activities”.  - Wallace Primary School 

Living Streets has been working alongside Renfrewshire Council for the last couple of years now to develop active travel across the area, with support from Paths for All. Schools in Renfrewshire were leading the way in WOW, our year-round Walk to School challenge up until the closures in March, and usually the programme reaches around 1 in every 6 primary school pupils across Scotland. I am so pleased to see so many children and families making use of these activities to help everyone stay active and healthy during lockdown! 

 

 

Each week Living Streets has been publishing new resources and activities to help children stay active during lockdown. 

Step this way to find all our resources and check back each week for new ones! 

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