Through the week, pupils will be introduced to the Walking Superpowers who will teach them all about these benefits and reinforce the power of walking, superhero style!
Welcome to the five-day Walking Challenge 2021: WALKING SUPERPOWERS
This year’s challenge will focus on the walking superpowers that benefit individuals, communities and the planet.
Each day pupils will be introduced to a brand new ‘Walking Superpower’ taking the form of a fun comic-book inspired design.
Walking has so many benefits from physical to mental wellbeing; aiding concentration and creativity and creating safer, less polluted and more welcoming streets. All that makes for a happy, healthy child set up for success in and out of the classroom.
ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?
Each pupil will be challenged to travel sustainably (walk, scoot, cycle or Park and Stride) to school every day for one week using our fun and interactive wallchart and stickers to log their journeys.
Each class will work collectively to make as many active journeys to school as possible across the week. Each day you will record the number of active journeys made on the classroom wallchart and learn about a new walking superpower. Individual activity diaries, daily stickers and end of week pupil rewards will complement this activity, reinforcing the benefits and keeping children engaged.
Classroom packs contain resources for up to 30 pupils and are available in KS1/P1-3 and KS2/P4-7 variants, featuring differing, age-appropriate curriculum-aligned activities.
Inside each pack you’ll find:
Did you know? You can use your PE and Sport Premium funding to cover the cost of your Walk to School Week packs.
Shout about your school's strides with the help of our social media content and images, content for parents' newsletter and more.
Everyone can join walk to school week
As a walking charity we want to remove barriers to active travel. We support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities to enjoy walking, including travel by wheelchair or mobility scooter. Encouraging parents to park even a little way from the school reduces congestion and air pollution at the school gates and improves road safety. Pupils can walk the last few minutes into school with friends and family, and still earn a badge at the end of the week. However, "walking" to school, even part of the way, might not be an option for all. In these cases, we encourage pupils to become Walk to School Week ambassadors and assist the teacher in running the challenge, to earn their own badge.
Is your school already taking part in WOW?
On our shop page you will also find additional resources to make this Walk to School Week even more fun. From Walk to School banners, to limited edition badges to Strider mascot toys, make the most of your Walk to School Week! These resources are suitable for schools already taking part in WOW who want to offer an extra reward to those who walk to school every day of Walk to School Week.
"Walk To School Week is something we are very happy to get involved with and which the children have really enjoyed. It gives them the opportunity to do some exercise each and every day. As well as this, traffic is really heavy during term times so we will do anything to help alleviate the issue."
Philip Salisbury, Headteacher - Woodfield Junior School
"Walk to School Week has gone brilliantly, I've been really impressed. The best thing is seeing the children's enthusiasm for walking. They want to walk, they want to get that exercise, they want to take part, the parents want to take part too because the children encourage them which is brilliant. It's all about everyone encouraging each other. Where there's a possibility to walk, let's use our feet and let's keep the traffic off the streets so it’s a much safer place."
Mrs Baker, Headteacher at St Joseph’s Primary School, Bristol
To cap off #WalktoSchoolWeek we’ve announced £2.1m in funding to help @livingstreets inspire hundreds of thousands of children to walk to school.— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) May 21, 2021
This comes as part of our plan to build back greener and promote active travel across the country https://t.co/TtcdGRrNLD
What a great way to start a rather chilly Thursday! And my first visit to South Yorkshire since the start of the lockdown last year. Thank you to everyone who made us so welcome 🤩 it was great to see people in real life!! 🚶🏽♀️ 🚶🏾♂️ 🚶 🛴🚲🚲 https://t.co/rTgnwr2nDu— Dame Sarah Storey (@DameSarahStorey) May 20, 2021
Walking is a great form of exercise for you and your children and is also kind to the planet.🌍— Department for Transport (@transportgovuk) May 21, 2021
This #WalkToSchoolWeek, we’ve been working with @LivingStreets and schools to enable more people to walk to school 👉 https://t.co/Aqb8sTXNDH#BuildBackGreener #TogetherForOurPlanet pic.twitter.com/iAjEiF84FO
🌬️ The school run generates half a million tonnes of CO2 a year.— Living Streets (@livingstreets) May 24, 2021
Families can be put off walking to school because of speeding vehicles & pavement parking. Car-free zones remove these barriers - & our research shows people support them. #BBCBreakfast https://t.co/YI6V4WqI11
🏫🚶🏾The annual @LivingStreets #WalkToSchoolWeek is typically marked from Monday 17 May, but this year some schools will be hosting after half-term - like @TheHayesPrimary in #Kenley, where pupils have been enjoying the benefits of their brand new zebra crossing on Hayes Lane. pic.twitter.com/Lt7fz4WaRT— Your Croydon (@yourcroydon) May 21, 2021
This week our school has been celebrating cleaner air, safer streets and healthier children with @LivingStreets’ #WalktoSchoolWeek. Well done to all our children who have walked to school (even in the rain) and earned stickers #together pic.twitter.com/FzbYVEklsc— St John's CE (VA) J&I School Comp (@stjohns_comp) May 21, 2021
Ellis (from Squirrel Class) was inspired by our Walk to School Week assembly. After seeing how some of our teachers and TAs get to school, he wanted to share his active journey. Well done Ellis @sportinherts #WalktoSchoolWeek @Herts_SGOs pic.twitter.com/D7O7G4MiWw— PeartreeSpring (@PeartreeSpring) May 18, 2021
Walking to school means less pollution, less congestion, & happier, healthier children who perform better in class— Andy Street (@andy4wm) May 20, 2021
So I was pleased to join Nishkam Primary pupils on their walk to school with @livingstreets as we encourage more parents to leave the car at home#WalktoSchoolWeek pic.twitter.com/RDVXn7cLzW
It’s the final day of #WalkToSchoolWeek, so keep using your #WalkingSuperpowers , just like these pupils @Bmill_primary - And for schools taking part in the #ScotlandWalkOfFame there’s one more chance to shine today in our daily top ten challenge – keep walking and logging🚶 pic.twitter.com/iwdC8pT7Ll— Living Streets Scotland (@LStreetsScot) May 21, 2021