May 19-23: National Walk to School Week
What's the big idea?
The campaign asks parents, pupils and teachers to think about their journey to and from school and the benefits of making it on foot. Its organisers say that being driven to school in a car reduces pupil physical activity, while adding to levels of childhood obesity, urban congestion and air pollution. They hope that this year's National Walk to School Week will go some way towards changing attitudes.
You could start by doing a hands-up survey of how pupils usually get to school and then discuss the effects of these methods. Expand the discussion by asking why pupils choose not to walk to school and what the benefits of walking might be.
This year's Walk to School Week is partnered with Noise Action Week. To reflect this, focus on the different kinds of noises that pupils hear on their journey to school. You could do this by playing different sound recordings, such as car engines and birdsong, and get pupils to raise their hands if they heard the sound on their journey in.
You could even throw in a couple of improbable sounds, such as a lion roaring or an explosion. The sound archive on the Sonic Postcards website is a good starting point for compiling these recordings.
Help, I don't have enough time to prepare
Ready-made assembly plans are available on the Walk to School website, www.walktoschool.org.uk, or at www.teachernet.gov.uk_moduleassemblypdfsassembly123.pdf
Where can I go for more information?
Next week: World Environment Day on June 5.