The Active Journey Event from Active Movement

As one of a number of Active Movement schools within Wokingham, your children will be increasing their daily activity as part of everyday routine without disrupting the class or affecting teaching time. If you want to know more, please talk to your school – or your child!

But Active Movement is more than just a school programme. It is a new approach to wellbeing that can benefit everyone both in school and at home by simply adding a little more activity to our regular lifestyle – including travelling to school.

November will see your school take part in our Active Journey event. Working alongside Wokingham Borough Council’s My Journey initiative, we want children to walk, cycle or scooter more whilst using the car less often (or at least parking the car further way from the school entrance!).Active Journey is a new event to encourage you to take an Active Journey this November.

You will have received a special card from your child that includes a series of ‘bingo’ squares. In each is a specific challenge to be crossed through when they are completed. These include walking 250 paces to school on each school day (plus one other of your choice); doubling the distance over two days of your choice; and walking with a friend for a day of your choice. Cycling and scooting means you can cross off any square. Walking your school’s Active Walk before you start lessons also counts as a daily walk.

And if your child hands a completed Bingo card to their teacher by w/c November 28th 2022, it will be entered into a prize draw that could win your child a scooter and other great prizes!!

Wokingham Air Quality Project Wokingham’s Air Quality Project is also part of the My Journey programme. It focuses on improving air quality around the Borough through changing travel behaviour by educating and inspiring children to walk, cycle or scooter more often to school. This funded programme is already involved 10 local schools  – including yours  – with a further 6 to be recruited in the current academic year. If you have any questions about the Active Journey event, please let me know – or contact Peter Savage, director at Active Movement, on [email protected].

‘Active Movement is not about special exercises or additional PE. Instead, it tries to encourage children to stand and move as part of everyday routine. For example, when showing work to a teacher, children are encouraged to stand and present what they are doing. It is called Active Showing. It helps pupil and teacher discuss the work. In addition, getting a child to move can increase energy, help them focus and improve their creativity!’

Active Travel to School Competition

We are very pleased to launch our new active travel competition for schools, and it would be great if you could share it with your parents.

Please see the following link for details, and our competition flyer.

Primary Schools Art Competition (myjourneywokingham.com)

We are asking primary school age children in the Borough to either draw or take a picture of something they like about walking, cycling or scooting to school, with a short explanation of why the like it.  We ask parents to send their children’s entries to us at [email protected]

The prizes for this competition are: a family ticket to Reading Football Club; a family swim ticket at Places Leisure; a Move More class at Places Leisure.

The closing date for the competition is 21st February 2024.

Food for Thought

Active Movement, the programme that adds movement to every day routine, is starting its second term. If you are unsure what it is, ask your children. They hopefully will tell you they are much more active as they stand and move more as part of their school life.

Active Movement understands that small, regular change can lead to a more healthy behaviour. That goes for eating habits, too. Making one simple healthy food swap each day can become a regular nutritional choice. So for the next few weeks, Active Movement are going to promote swaps you can make across different meals as part of a special school challenge.

Look out for the weekly Active Movement challenge sheets – and you can help your child’s year group make the most swaps!

Active Movement Ambassador

Important message

School Information

(Updated 10 April 2024)

Dear Parents & Carers, 
 
Welcome to another fantastic term at Emmbrook Junior School. We hope you’ve all had a fabulous holiday and a well deserved rest. Pleas find a below a list of dates for the coming term. This list is not definitive and may be subject to change (so make sure you keep an eye out for emails) but should give you a good idea of what’s coming up this term. 
 
Many thanks from the EJS Team
 

15th April First Day of Term

17th April Year 4 America Day

18th April – PTA committee meeting (7pm)

26th April – PTA Comedy Night

6th May Bank Holiday

6th – 12th May Deaf Awareness Week

20th May – Y6 Trip to Marwell Zoo

23rd May – Exhibition Morning

27th May Bank Holiday

27th May – 31st May Half Term

3rd June Inset Day (School Closed)

6th June – Y5 Trip to Lego Land

7th June – PTA Ice Cream Fridays begins

12th June – Y4 trip to Blue Reef Aquarium

22nd June – PTA Summer Fair & Circus

26th June -Transition Day

8th July – Year 6 Production (1.30pm)

9th July – Year 6 Production (6-7.30pm)

10th July – Y3 trip to Roald Dahl Museum

11th July – Sports Day

18th July – Year 6 Leavers Party, 6.30-8.30pm

19th July Last Day of Term 2pm finish

You can find term dates for next year on our website.