SWAP THE SCHOOL RUN FOR A SCHOOL WALK
ACTIVE CHILDREN, HEALTHY AIR AND SAFE STREETS
At Somers Heath, we are promoting active travel to and from school.
WHY ARE WE PROMOTING ACTIVE TRAVEL?
1. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELLBEING
Even a short walk to school contributes towards physical activity targets for both children and adults. Furthermore, supporting children to be more physically active from a young age increases the likelihood that they will continue to be physically active as adolescents and adults.
2. ARRIVE TO SCHOOL, READY TO LEARN
Children’s behaviour and concentration can improve as a result of regular walking, supporting the school to achieve the best learning outcomes.
3. ROAD SAFETY SKILLS AND IMPROVED SOCIAL SKILLS
The walk to school with parents and carers provides an opportunity for children to learn road safety skills in an interactive and safe environment.
4. SAFER STREETS FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY
The more families walk, as opposed to taking the car, helps reduce congestion and reduce road danger for everyone using the surrounding streets.
5. IMPROVED AIR QUALITY
Reducing traffic immediately outside the school gates will have a positive effect on a school’s air quality.