International Walk To School Month
October is International Walk to School Month - this is an opportunity to join hundreds and thousands of pupils across the world celebrating the walk to school.
Encouraging children and adults to put on their walking shoes has many health, social and environmental benefits for the whole family!
Find HARI Bear
One of the schemes we have available for International Walk to School Month is Find HARI Bear - an orienteering walking activity where markers of HARI Bear are placed around the park for individuals and families to find and write down the details. It’s a great way to explore your local park!
- The starting point in each park is the café
- No registration needed - just turn up!
- Suitable for all including people with disabilities - support may be needed at your discretion
We would love to see our borough get active and come up with different ways to utilise our parks and open spaces; maybe a picnic at the end of the week to celebrate, count how many birds or trees are in the park, why not hold a conker or acorn collecting competition, teachers may also want to take their classroom to the park.
Why is it good for kids?
- Fun and interesting - they’ll notice things along the way and meet people in the community
- Social - children love walking with their friends, especially on the journey to school
- Helps concentration - makes children feel good, the exercise makes them feel calmer happier and improves concentration
- Health benefits - it helps to keep the whole family healthy in mind as well as body, boosting your mood and self-esteem. What’s more, many teachers report that kids who walk and cycle to school are more alert and ready to learn than those who arrive by car
Ideas for International Walk to School Month
The Garden Classroom charity provides award-winning, innovative workshops to help you to deliver the curriculum through outdoor learning in parks close to your school.
The Garden Classroom caters for KS1, KS2 and KS4, offering fun and educational sessions on science, drama, literacy and food using a wide range of innovative ways to engage children.
Check out the The Garden Classroom website (external link) for a box delivered to your school that contains all you need to get started. This will have achievable, active and fun activities that will have your group learning new skills and working together!
Need help with your activity?
Contact us to see what we have available to help your activity.
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Use Parks Responsibly
Please be responsible for your own, and others' safety when using our parks:
- Use parks for exercise only – walk, jog, cycle, dog walking
- Don’t go out if you feel unwell
- Always ensure adequate social distancing
- Outdoor gyms, skateparks and ballcourts are closed
- Playgrounds remain open – please follow guidance when using them
- Keep your dog on a lead
- Use hand sanitiser and wash your hands when you get home