The Environmental Transport Association is urging
primary schools to use an exciting curriculum resource
during Walk to School Week (19 - 23 May 2008) and Green
Transport Week (14 - 22 June 2008).
The Environmental Transport Association (ETA) is
providing a set of online lesson plans and resources
designed to promote and support both Walk to School week
in May, and Green Transport Week in June, as part of an
ongoing programme of educational development.
The ETA recognises that many excellent resources sit
unused in staffrooms because they are not immediately
relevant to the main school curriculum.
The new ETA resource aims to solve this problem by
providing a full themed week aimed at children in years 5
and 6 which will address day to day planning objectives.
There is enough material in the resource to last for at
least half a term, and teachers will need to select what
is appropriate for them. Similar resources for other age
groups are planned for the future.
Speaking about the new resources, ETA Director Andrew
Davis said: "We are keen to educate the younger
generation about the need for more sustainable travel and
this is why we are investing in a primary school
programme. We hope that local authorities as well as
schools will use and promote these free resources
Author of the resources, Rob Hattersley of WyEd, said:
"Most teachers are keen to promote sustainability but
think they haven't the time given other pressures. This
resource is specifically designed to provide an exciting
topic for a whole week of teaching across different
subjects where all the planning and preparation is
already done. It would be a welcome change after SATs for
Key Stage 2 pupils."
Further information, teaching plans and downloadable
resources are now available online at
www.eta-schools.co.uk. Teaching plans can be downloaded
in editable Word format, allowing teachers to customise
them for their own classes and adapt them to their own
school planning frameworks.
This resource aims to educate Year 5 and
Year 6 children about the positive effects of walking to
school, particularly focusing on:
* Global climate change
* Local pollution and congestion
It aims to make it as easy as possible for teachers to
integrate this into the core curriculum through the
provision of a fully themed week of teaching covering as
much of the timetable. In fact, there is enough material
in the resource to last for at least half a term, and
teachers will need to select what is appropriate for
them. It is hoped that similar resources for other age
groups might follow in future years.
If you use these resources we would like to know how it
goes. We intend this web based resource to be a work in
progress over coming years and welcome feedback and helpful comments
to how the resources can be further developed and
improved. The great thing about an online resource
is that change can be made very easily. We can post
your news on our blog page
examples of your children's work in our gallery
. We can add your further
ideas on promoting Walk to School
or Green Transport
to inspire other teachers.
Don't forget to involve the press in your week. Your
local School Travel Officer will be able to help with
Thanks to www.shtig.net
for permission to use his wonderful
We are now in "beta" mode in that we have
uploaded drafts of the teaching plans and resources to
test the working of the website.
Please let us know
of any technical
glitches or errors in different web browsers. The
great thing about a web-based teaching resource is
the ability to adapt and amend it with ease. So if
you notice any errors or omissions in the teaching
plans and resources, again please do let us know
We are aware of a problem with the Walk to School logo in
older versions of Internet Explorer and are working to
The Environmental Transport
has commissioned the development of
a set of online lesson plans and resources designed
to promote Walk to School
Transport Weeks. It is hoped that this will be an
ongoing programme of development.
Many excellent resources sit unused in staffrooms because
they remain add-ons to the main things that schools are
doing. This ETA resource aims to solve this problem by
providing a full themed week which will address day to
day planning objectives. This site will have
plans and resources for a full week of
Year 5 and 6 Literacy,
Numeracy, Science, ICT and Geography by the end of the
Easter holidays 2007.
The teaching plans will be downloadable in editable Word
format, allowing teachers to customise them for their own
classes and adapt them to their own school planning
The website aims to provide a forum for support, feedback
and the promotion of best practice in this area. We hope
that local authorities as well as schools will use and
promote these resources widely.
plans and resources will be online by April 13th.
Click here to
have an email sent to you when the site is live. Then
you can enjoy your Easter Break knowing that planning
and preparation for at least one week in the Summer
Term is being done for you!