The Walk Once a Week scheme has been running since 2005. It’s main aim is to encourage children all over the UK to get walking. It is now the largest national walk to school programme.
Avon House has a Travel Council consisting of children from Years 1–6, supported by two adults, who help to write the school’s Travel Plan. We look at travel and transport issues in and around the school. The Travel Plan looks at how pupils and staff currently travel to school with the aim of reducing car travel to school and increase safe walking.
The Travel Council meets every half term to discuss ideas and thoughts about how we can encourage more children and parents to walk to school. We also discuss the school’s Travel Plan as this is a working document. We participate in the Walk to School Week once a term and this encourages children to join up with another year group and walk into school together from the Sir James Hawkey Hall in Woodford Green. Two year groups walk in to school on their designated day with their class teachers. Parents are also invited to join their children on this walk.
There is a Walk to School chart displayed in each classroom and this is completed by the class teacher or the children themselves . The children are encouraged to walk a minimum of twelve times each month and they are given a badge at the end of the month. These badges change design every month. Throughout the year there are competitions in which all the children are able to participate, from Early Years Foundation Stage through to Year 6.
As a RRS we encourage children to live a healthy lifestyle by actively travelling to school and avoiding travelling by car to live in a clean environment, during our meetings we listen to each child and how they feel about encouraging active travel and taking their views seriously.
Article 12 (respect for the views of the child) Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. This right applies at all times, for example during immigration proceedings, housing decisions or the child’s day-to-day home life
Article 24 (health and health services) Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.
We currently hold a silver level award accreditation and we are working towards a gold level.
Travel Council members for 2018-2019 are:
Lore - Travel Council Chair
Zach E - Travel Council Vice Chair
Adam - Cranes
Paras - Pelicans
Eva - Flamingos
Altaya - Herons
Yusuf - Year 3GE
Lacey - Year 3LM
Haanya - Year 4CS
Maahin - Year 4NH
Ambika - Year 5DR
David - Year 5DR