walking and staying active during lockdown

This page is for all teachers, school staff, parents, carers and all families with children of primary school age.

To help keep children active and engaged, we're releasing free weekly activities and resources. Find them all below!

 

#walkingfromhome

If you live in England, now is the time to take action in your area! 

The latest government guidance suggests that some schools may be able to reopen from June, in England, and for specific age groups only.

Councils are encouraged to introduce School Streets and expected to make significant changes to make streets safer for social distancing. 

take action

Our online letter writing tool allows you to contact your local councillors and tailor the letter to your school’s needs.

WRITE TO YOUR COUNCIL

free resources and activities

We will be releasing new resources and fun activities on a weekly basis, so keep coming back for more. 

If taking part in some of the activities outdoor, please make sure you follow the government’s rules for your area/nation, and wash your hands when you get home.

 

 

week commencing
1 June

Share

 

Sometimes it’s easier to walk and talk. Whilst out for a walk, talk to your child about how they are feeling using these activities to make it fun and playful.

share the fun

Share your children's creations on social media using:

#walkingfromhome

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week commencing
25 May

Celebrate

 

As we near the end of National Walking Month, we’re still in the mood for celebrating!​ Join in on this week's activities.

share the fun

Share your children's creations on social media using:

#walkingfromhome

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week commencing
18 May

connect

 

Stepping outside and giving this week’s activities a go will inspire children to stay connected with friends and family!

share the fun

Share your children's letters, drawings, and pictures on social media using:

#walkingfromhome

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week commencing
11 May

imagine


Nothing sparks imagination quite like a good walk! This week’s activities are designed to inspire fantasy, encouraging children to re-write the world around them.

share the fun

Share your children's drawings and stories on social media using:

#walkingfromhome

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week commencing
4 May

discover


This week's theme is all about exploring your local area safely. The resource features two outdoor activities, one for the little ones and one for older children, plus one special indoor challenge

share the fun

Share your children's photos and drawings from your walk on social media using:

#walkingfromhome

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Week commencing
27 April

draw your walk

share the fun

Share your children's drawings from your walk on social media using:

#walkingfromhome

social like

 

 

 

week commencing
20 April

SCAVENGER HUNT


Turn your daily walk into a fun scavenger hunt. Simply download our handy checklist and tick items off as you spot them during the week.

share the fun

Share your children's walks, thoughts, pics and videos from your scavenger hunt on social media using:

#walkingfromhome

social like

READ OUR TOP LOCKDOWN FAMILY STORIES

#WalkingFromHome: Dame Sarah Storey

Dame Sarah Storey tells us what opportunities the lockdown has created for her family.

#WalkingFromHome: Hector

6 year-old Hector has swapped his birthday party for a walking challenge to raise money for the NHS.

#WalkingFromHome: The Teacher

Teaching from home is no walk in the park, but a walk in the park is helping this teacher.

let's stay connected

During this time, it is important that we stay connected in every way we can and share any positive experiences. Tell us about your walks, and share your thoughts, pics and videos on social media using #WALKINGFROMHOME

Latest updates on our Walk to School initiatives

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WOW - the year-round walk to school challenge

Pupils record how they get to school on the WOW Travel Tracker and those who walk once per week for a month are rewarded with a themed badge.

It's simple to run, fun and easy to take part. Just a few minutes of a teacher's day is all it takes to make a big difference.

And together with our free monthly curriculum-aligned learning resources and assembly presentations, WOW will help develop healthy lifelong habits.

Find out more about WOW

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Walk to School Week

Our annual week-long celebration of the walk to school will take place in October 2020 (exact week TBC) - Join the FUN!

Month-long Walking Challenge

Help primary school pupils start to feel the benefits of regular activity by taking part in our month-long challenge.

Happy Shoesday

Wear the shoes that make you happy, have fun and help us create safer, walkable streets for all.

Why the Walk to School matters

Happier children

It’s been proven that children who do some form of exercise, especially a walk before school, do better in class because they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn.

Less congestion

During morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road are taking children school, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions.

Cleaner air

The school run alone is responsible for generating half a million tonnes of CO2 per year (which is more than some small countries!). Imagine what we could achieve if we began converting some of these rides to strides?

2 in 5 parents of primary school children say they worry about pollution levels around their school

We need urgent action on air pollution to protect and promote the Walk to School. And yet, at the same time, the Walk to School could play such a big part in improving our air quality.

Our report Swap The School Run For The School Walk lays out 21 recommendations for decision-makers at all levels to enable more children to walk to and from school.

Download our School Run report - pdf

Parents and carers

If you’re a parent or carer there are lots of ways we can help get your and your family walking.

Our Family Walk to School Kit is designed to help parents, carers and children make the walk to school work for them.

How you can help

Download our Family Walk To School Kit – PDF

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Dates for your diary

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Walk to School Week 

October 2020

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International Walk to School Month

OCTOBER 2020

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Want to talk to the team?

If you want to talk to us about getting more children walking to school, just drop us a line.

Contact us about Walk to School