Children at St Paul’s Church of England Primary School, Sunderland, walked through the ages with time traveller and storyteller, Baskerville Oldface.
Working with Schools Go Smarter (and the key character from historical entertainment company, Histrionics), the children walked to school wearing Concertina Top Hats - helping them to understand how walking is good for you.
Children and teachers have been working with Schools Go Smarter, the behaviour change programme that encourages everyone to use sustainable transport - like walking and cycling - on their daily journeys to school every day.
Histrionics was invited to join the walk to make it more exciting for the children, and once at school, Baskerville Oldface led an interactive assembly of comedy theatre across the ages.
Headteacher for St Paul’s, Miss Natalie Fountain, said, "The theme for our Walk to School is Hats Through the Ages, Celebrating 1,000 Years of Walking. To really get into the spirit of things, we asked the children to wear a hat from history. Each child decorated their own Concertina Top Hat and we expected that a lot of pirates, cowgirls, astronauts and princesses would join us on our walk!"
Reducing local congestion
Miss Fountain continued, "Working with Schools Go Smarter has enabled us to encourage pupils and parents to see the benefits of travelling to school in a sustainable way, which helps ease the congestion around the school each morning."
The children have been learning how walking to school can help reduce congestion around the school - keeping the children happy, healthy and safer on the journey to school, as well as reducing the nuisance to local residents from too many cars on the school run.
Janette Williams, Active Travel Officer for Schools Go Smarter, said, "The children are really enjoying this project. Parents are being encouraged to walk their children to school, meaning the children arrive fresh for their school day and extra ready to learn!"
Schools Go Smarter has been working closely with Road Safety Officers at Sunderland City Council to deliver the project.
Fun and healthy
Portfolio Holder for City Services, Councillor Michael Mordey, said: "We are keen supporters of the Go Smarter campaign, both in schools and in the workplace, as a way of encouraging people to consider different ways of travelling rather than relying on the car.
"Children walking to school together is a more fun and healthy way for them to get there, while parents will save money on petrol and help reduce traffic congestion on the school run and around the school gates, by not driving.
"Projects like this at St Paul’s are a great way to capture everyone’s imagination, and get people of all ages thinking about how we can all ‘Go Smarter’ when planning our journeys."