At Seaburn Dene Primary school we encourage active travel for both the children and the staff wherever possible. Active travel means a mode of transport which involves physical activity, such as walking and cycling to get from one destination to another. Active travel creates holistic benefits across the school and our environment. Switching more journeys to active travel will improve health, quality of life and the environment, and local productivity, while at the same time reducing costs to the public purse. These are substantial ‘win-wins’ that benefit individual children and the community as a whole.
We have many ways in which we promote and target active travel.
Each week, all classes track their active journeys to school, using the WOW Travel Tracker. We celebrate and reward the winning classes for engagement and activity levels in our weekly celebration assemblies, while each month, children are able to win Travel Tracker badges for making active journeys to school.
All classes across the school take part in the 'Daily Mile’, to boost concentration levels as well as increasing our moods. Annually we take part in ‘Walk to School Week’ to reward and praise exercise and help keep our environment safe and clean, while each Autumn our Y2 children participate in Walkwise. Together, these help make the children feel more independent and in control. It teaches them basic navigation skills and helps them feel more confident. Cycling safety training is also something that we place an important focus on to ensure that our children feel confident and have the skills to make positive and healthy choices in their lives now and in the future, with Bikeability a focus in Yr 5 in Spring, but also cycling skills in Reception in the Spring/Summer terms.
Introducing WOW – Walk to School Challenge
Seaburn Dene Primary is encouraging all families to swap the school run for a school walk, helping children to feel happier and healthier and reducing congestion at the school gates.
This year we continue to take part in WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge, from Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking. WOW rewards children who walk to school at least once a week with a collectable badge each month.
There are 11 badges to collect across the year and daily journeys are logged by WOW Travel Ambassadors on the interactive Travel Tracker accessed through the school’s whiteboard in the classroom. If your family already cycles or scoots to school, these will also count towards earning a WOW badge.
What if we can’t walk to school?
If you live too far away or don’t have time to walk the whole way to school, you can Park and Stride to earn your WOW badge. Park or hop off public transport at least ten minutes away from the school and walk the rest of the way.
If you have any questions, please contact school.