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Organise and advertise a Walk to School Day

walk to school day poster

Key Stage 1

Curriculum links: PSHE 2g-h. Geography 5a-b. Art 1a-b; 2c.

What to do: Talk to the children about the benefits of walking to school. Aside from reducing the amount of pollution in the atmosphere that is caused by vehicles on the roads, there are other added benefits such as gaining regular exercise and saving money on petrol!

Choose a day in the school calendar that can become your school’s ‘Walk to School Day’. Ask each child to design a leaflet or a flier publicising the day, which can be either displayed around the school or sent home to parents. Remind the children of various important things to consider when designing a poster: what is the important information that has to be conveyed? (The date of the event, the reason it is happening, what you are hoping to achieve, and so on). Encourage the use of bold colouring and clear lettering. Remind the children that posters are effective if they can be viewed and read from a distance. They should be uncluttered and eye-catching. Images used can be drawn, designed on the computer or cut from magazines. On fliers sent to parents it might be worth informing them that, if they live too far away from school to walk the whole journey, they can drive part of the way and perhaps walk the last half-mile. That way, no one will feel excluded.

Key stage 2

Curriculum links: PSHE 2a, 3a; Geography 4b, 5a; Sc2 2c-d; Art and design 1a-c, 2c.

What to do: Talk about the benefits of walking to school such as reducing pollution, gaining regular exercise and saving money. Choose a day in the school calendar that can become your school’s ‘Walk to School Day’. Ask each child to design an eye-catching poster publicising the day. Get the children to consider important information (date, reason and objectives of event); bold colouring and clear lettering.

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