Walk to School Month
About this activity
Suitable for primary school pupils.
October's International Walk to School Month helps to encourage and embed active travel behaviours within your school community. It's also an opportunity to be part of a global campaign which can get your pupils walking alongside young people in over 40 countries.
You’ll find lots of activities on this website that can be run throughout the month to keep it fun and inspiring. Take a look at Park and Stride, walking zones and brighten your bag. Or you can organise a sponsored walk. See Coopers' Company and Coborn School's themed sponsored walk poster for inspiration!
Involve your Junior Travel Ambassadors (JTA) in the planning and speak to neighbouring schools and your borough officer for ideas and support.
Running the activity
Living Streets has a resource pack to support your Walk to School Month. Their classroom packs are available in the autumn term and provide everything you need for a class of 30 pupils to take part. This includes wallcharts, activity diaries and a series of fun walking challenges.
You can also use our pedometre challenge record sheet to keep track of how much your pupils are walking.
How to evidence your activity
- Involve your borough officer: Share your ideas, agree your targets and discuss any challenges you face
- Record the feedback from your pupils. Note how they have used the resources and how this has helped you meet your targets
- Add your story to the STARS website. Explain your activity, add photos of your pupils taking part in the event or receiving prizes and include their feedback. Also include any posters, letters and promotional materials you have used
This activity counts towards:
- Travel activity
How it helps
- Can reduce air pollution around schools
- Encourages parental participation
- Supports health challenges and goals