Schools’ Autism Awareness Week

School Autism Awareness Week Pic

Fundraising (including sponsored onesies) and raising awareness of autism.

Free teacher resource packs available – each pack is level-specific, and contains teacher guidance, lesson and assembly plans, presentations and activities to help you improve understanding of autism at school.

 

The Big Pedal 2018

Big Pedal News Box

Sustran’s Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge inspiring pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school.

Sustrans Big Pedal will run for 10 days from 23 April to 4 May 2018 and is open to individual classes as well as whole schools.

Superhero Day

The week culminates in a big fancy dress-based fundraising day to celebrate the finale of the Big Pedal.

Last year, thousands of children across the UK transformed into their favourite superhero for the day. Everyone had a great time, and raised thousands of pounds for Sustrans. It’s happening on the last day, Friday 4 May.

More here.

International School Grounds Month

International School Grounds Alliance logo

All through May

“In May each year, the International School Grounds Alliance calls on schools around the globe to take their pupils outside to celebrate their grounds. It’s as simple as that. We believe school grounds are very important to children and youth, and shape their experience of the world around them. If you agree with us, we hope you will take some time during this month—an hour, a day, even a week—to go outside into your grounds with your students to engage in learning, play and other activities.

How can your school participate?

There is no right or wrong way to take part. Go out into your school grounds during the month of May and use them as you’d like. Consider taking academic lessons into your grounds, or promoting play outside, camping out in your schoolyard or inviting parents to the school to watch a play outdoors—whatever works best for your school.”

Free activity guides available to download on the website.

Outdoor Classroom Day

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Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime. In 2017, over 2.3 million children worldwide took part, more than 580,000 of those were in the UK and Ireland. 

Outdoor learning improves children’s healthengages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilienceteamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood. 

It’s easy to get involved and there is something everyone can do! 

If you’re a teacher and new to outdoor learning, why not use Outdoor Classroom Day to try it out? If you already get outdoors regularly, use the day to celebrate what you’re doing and inspire other teachers around the world to join in. 

If you’re a parent, talk to your child’s school about the importance of outdoor learning and play and encourage them to get involved. Think about how you can spend more time outdoors as a family too and inspire other parents to do the same. 

If you work for an organisation that cares about children, nature, education or the environment, speak to us about how you can get involved. We’re always looking for partners to help spread the message far and wide. 

So that schools can participate on a day that fits with their term times, the UK and Ireland campaign has two dates in 2018 — Thursday 17 May and Thursday 1 November. Sign up below for one or both and help build a movement that gets children outdoors to play and learn every day! 

Lots of resources for teachers, practitioners & parents here.

#OutdoorClassroomDay

International Walk to School Month

Boy Walking Along A Muddy Path In The Woods

‘Every October is International Walk to School Month – an opportunity for children to join hundreds of thousands of pupils across the globe celebrating the walk to school.’

Free booklet & useful resources here.

Walk to School Week

Walk to School Week logo

With one in four cars on the road at peak times travelling to school, Living Streets wants to get as many families walking as possible each May – reducing congestion, making our roads safer and helping to clean up our toxic air.

Join thousands of families and schools taking part across the UK.

  • Cut congestion and improve safety at the school gates
  • Be part of the fight against air pollution
  • Build in a bit more physical activity into your family’s day.’

Free resources, competitions and more for those who pledge to walk to school.

More info

Walk to School week has been running since 1995.

Just 5 schools took part in the first Walk to School Week.
400,000 pupils took part in Walk to School Week 2017!

HAPPY SHOESDAY

On the Tuesday of Walk to School Week, primary school pupils, parents and teachers across the country raise money for Living Streets walking projects, by wearing their happy shoes and donating £1.

Shiny, decorated, colourful, cartoon, gorilla feet – whatever brings that smile on their walk to school.

Register your school and they will send you a free fundraising pack, plus all sorts of fun materials to help make running the day a big success.

More info: HAPPY SHOESDAY

Walk to School Week

Walk to School Week logo

‘The greatest national Walk to School celebration where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school. 

‘Each year we develop a new five-day walking challenge aimed at primary schools – the perfect activity to take part in during Walk to School Week.

With one in four cars on the road at peak times travelling to school, Living Streets wants to get as many families walking as possible each May – reducing congestion, making our roads safer and helping to clean up our toxic air.

Join thousands of families and schools taking part across the UK.

  • Cut congestion and improve safety at the school gates
  • Be part of the fight against air pollution
  • Build in a bit more physical activity into your family’s day.’

Free resources, competitions and more for those who pledge to walk to school.

#WalkToSchoolWeek

More info

Walk to School week has been running since 1995.

Just 5 schools took part in the first Walk to School Week.
400,000 pupils took part in Walk to School Week 2017!

International School Grounds Conference

learning through landscapes and International schools grounds alliance logos

This three-day conference shares the best in school and nursery grounds design, outdoor play and learning.

This conference will inspire and challenge you to take learning outdoors and transform you school grounds. You will hear from global leaders, be inspired by projects and practice from around the globe and spend time with colleagues sharing your work and hopes.

We have three streams across all three days:

  • Early Years practice
  • Primary and Secondary school practice
  • Designing school and nursery grounds

There are flexible options to attend, from individual days to the full 3-day programme. We have limited funding for EU residents and a bursary fund to support individuals to attend.

All attendees will be able to book individual workshops and access the event information on our app, including resources and presentations after the event.