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Pupils march on to school

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Pupils from Otterbourne Church of England Primary School have been marching to school in a bid to make walking to school even more enjoyable.

The school recently won a Hampshire County Council competition as part of the My Journey, wider school travel planning project encouraging people to leave their cars at home for the school run. The prize was a visit and performance from a specialist theatrical company, and children at Otterbourne decided to use their prize to support their learning on their term topic - World War 1.

As part of a varied teaching programme, the children walked to school singing songs from the past, and marched accompanied by staff dressed in costume from Hampshire Wardrobe. As well as improving fitness, exercise such as walking to school each day can improve concentration in the classroom.

Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: “Theatre is a great way of bringing a subject alive. The teachers and pupils demonstrated how walking instead of driving for day-to-day journeys can be fun as well as reducing traffic congestion on the roads at peak times.”

Hampshire County Council has been using theatre workshops in schools for several years to deliver road safety messages. This year, schools are able to earn or win a school travel theatre show by logging their school travel-related activities on the newly launched Modeshift STARS system. The system is a national accreditation scheme for rewarding sustainable ways of travelling and is now open to all schools in Hampshire.

To find out more or to obtain access to the system contact: schooltravelteam@hants.gov.uk

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