As a school one of our aims is to support and develop means of sustainable transport.
This means that we actively encourage children to walk, scoot or cycle to school rather than come in a car or on public transport.
Throughout the year we try to organise various events and promote initiatives to encourage more children to walk or cycle to school. Listed below are some of the activities we participate in.
Year 5 and 6 children are encouraged to participate in “Bikeability Week”. This year 70 children took part in cycle training throughout the week. Children have two hour sessions every day and work towards gaining their Level 1 or Level 2 badge and Certificate. Training starts on the playground but by the second or third day a majority of the children are developing their riding skills on the road. Children who don’t have their own “road safe” bike are able to borrow one, lent to the school by Sustrans. Prior to the commencement of Bikeability the children are encouraged to bring their bike into school to have it checked over by Dr. Bike.
The school has organised events such as “Wheelie Wednesday” and “Bling your bike for Christmas.”
Wheelie Wednesday Children who cycled or scooted to school on a Wednesday were given a raffle ticket. The more Wednesdays you took part in the more raffle tickets you collected. All raffle tickets were entered into a draw and six children were lucky enough to win prizes such as lights for their bike, bike locks and fluorescent clothing.
Bling your Bike Children were encouraged to decorate their bike with Christmas decorations. Many used tinsel, baubles and even flashing lights. The best entries were, again, awarded prizes.
The School participates in a national event called “The Big Pedal”. Children in all year groups from Nursery to Year 6 take part. Data of how many children scoot or cycle to school is collected on a daily basis. This information is then reported to the organisers or The Big Pedal and the school is able to compete against both local schools and nationally to see how many children are participating.
Bike club runs in the Summer Term. Children are able to stay after school and develop their riding skills within the security of the school grounds.
Lunchtime cycle rides. Members of staff accompany groups of children on lunchtime cycle rides. Children bring a picnic with them and cycle to local parks and places of interest. We have been to Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leagrave Park.
Competition: Groups of boys and girls from Southfield compete in a series of cycle events against children from other Luton Schools. Last year we had a super team and managed to come first out of thirteen schools.