Last week, despite the poor weather, pupils from Skegness Infant Academy and Beacon Primary Academy celebrated Walk to School Week (15 – 19 May).
Walk to School Week is organised by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking and takes place during National Walking Month each May. Last year, over 14,000 classes took part – that’s around 400,000 children walking to school.
Pupils from Skegness Infant Academy participated in an assembly led by Mrs Pryme, Principal, during which they learnt about the many health and environmental benefits of walking to school. Pupils had the opportunity to take part in a fun scavenger hunt with parent/carers and siblings whilst walking to or from the academy, a colouring competition and a competition to guess how many children walked to school each day.
Meanwhile pupils from Beacon Primary Academy took the opportunity to meet up with adults from the academy after joining them from three designated meeting points each morning throughout the week.
Reflecting on the week, Mrs Pryme commented: “School gates are renowned for becoming highly congested areas. Pressures in today’s society mean that despite all the benefits, just 46 per cent of children walk to school now compared to 70 per cent of their parents’ generation. We want to reverse this trend and promote the benefits of leading an active and healthier lifestyle by becoming more active from a young age. It is such a worthwhile activity that can easily be built into the children’s day.”