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At Southmead we are part of the TFL travel plan. Our aim is to encourage children to have a more active and healthy lifestyle and help improve the environment. We are currently working towards the Silver award during this school year.
So far this year, the travel pan has helped us plan a huge number of different activities:
All reception and Key Stage 1 received scooter training in October, when professional trainers came to school and taught them how to scoot correctly, how to brake and how to stay safe on the pavement. They even got the teachers having a go!
We had a Dr Bike event in January when Dr Bike came to service and fix our bikes for free. There was a good take up, with over 20 pupils’ bikes being given a clean bill of health. Dr Bike even took the opportunity during lunchtime to talk to some interested key stage one children on the playground about how he services the bikes. They even had a go at helping him loosen some bolts!
Some of our Reception and Year 1 had had the opportunity to take part in our fantastic ‘Ditch the Stabilisers’ session in April, during which the children learnt how to cycle without stabilisers for the very first time. We were all very proud of how resilient they were and how much they achieved during the session.
We have also run themed weeks throughout the year such as Road Safety Week in November and Walk to School Week in May, when children had the chance to earn a badge if they walked (or cycled or scooted) to school every day this week. Park and stride is also being been promoted as a healthier way to travel to school for those pupils and staff who live further away.
Each week a child in each class in Early Years and Key Stage 1 take home a little dog who they take on walks. They write all about their walks in the dog’s diary. In Key Stage 2 every child is encouraged to walk once a week (on a Wednesday).
Every day our ‘Walking Bus’ takes children to a local school for after school care and each term, every child with 100% attendance has the chance to win a bike or a scooter when a name is drawn out of the hat. It is always an exciting assembly when we discover who has won!
Looking forward to the future we will be completing the following activities:
•Cycle Training in years 5 and 6
•Bikers breakfast (as part of the healthy eating breakfast)
•TFL training for traveling safely by yourself (Year 5 and 6)
•Pedestrian training (Early Years)
•Children’s traffic club (Children’s centre and Early Years)
•Big pedal event
If you have noticed any issues on the roads when walking to and from school please let Mrs Oram know as she can address these with Wandsworth council. These may include:
•Litter on the roads
•Dog mess on the pavement
•Badly parked cars
•Congestion outside the school
•Another lollypop attendant