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!’
Wokingham Schools Competition
The latest My Journey Wokingham schools competition is out now, see link below!
This competition is open to all Wokingham primary school children and the winner will have their design printed onto a high vis jacket for each member of their class.
Templates have been shared with children this week but feel free to do you own and email your designs to: [email protected] by 25th November.
Don’t forget to mention the school they go to and what class they are in.
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!