More than 70 per cent of journeys made by children travelling in to a Cambridge primary school are now on foot just two months after they took up a charity’s walking challenge.
Children at Icknield Primary School in Lynton Way, Sawston, are being asked to make a record of the way they get to school as part of everyday walking charity Living Streets’ Walk once a Week (WoW) initiative.
The charity is working in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council in a bid to teach youngsters about the benefits of exercise in staving off weight gain and illness in later life.
All children who notch up enough “green journeys” in a month are awarded a collectable badge depicting a cartoon image of nature and green energy manufacturing around the globe.
The school has already handed out 312 badges, with 72 per cent of the miles clocked up since the school’s WoW launch walked, cycled or scooted. Children who live in the village are encouraged to walk to school while those living in outlying villages and towns are making use of the school’s Park and Stride programme, where parents or guardians park up and walk the last leg of the journey in with the children.
Each class is pitted against the others at the school, vying to see which form can notch up the largest number of children walking to class. A winning form will be named during assembly every month.