TORBAY COUNCIL TRAVEL PLAN
We are working closely with Torbay Council to ensure that our Travel Plan addresses the increased number of children expected to attend our school in the coming years. Feel free to have a read and see what part you could play.
DO'S AND DON'TS OF THE ROAD
DROP OFF AND COLLECTION
For those parents who drive to and from school please formilarise yourselves with our one-way system, starting at the far end of Davies Avenue, driving CLOCKWISE towards school. However, this is not a legal one-way system and you will encounter other road users driving the other way. Please may we ask you to be courteous to other road users. This is a system which has been put in place to ensure that traffic moves as smoothly as possible at the busy start and end of the school day.
CYCLING TO SCHOOL
Why not let your children cycle to school. Children that cycle to school are confident children and more independent. Just 15 minutes cycling to and from school could make a real difference to your child’s fitness, establishing habits of healthy activity that could be life-long. Plus it’s a fun way of getting to school! Statistics have shown that on average 50% of children want to cycle to school but only 4% do. Maybe it’s time for you and your family to try something different and cycle to school.
TOP TIPS FOR CYCLING TO SCHOOL WITH YOUR CHILDREN:
Ride With Your children - The best way to encourage your children to learn to love cycling: Ride with them! From the moment you teach your kids to ride, you'll often have more fun if you're riding together. If they’re resisting, offer a reward—a 2-mile spin will suddenly seem fun if there’s an ice-cream shop along the route. Bonus: You’ll get fitter too.
Lights - Front and rear lights will make your child more visible to motorists. Teach your kid to store the lights in his or her backpack during the day—they’re easy to yank off, and you’ll want to make sure you won’t have to replace them.
Helmet - A properly fitting bike helmet has been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent. Bring your kids to your local bike shop with you so they can pick them out—they’ll be more likely to wear them if they helped choose them.
Stock Up on Bike-Safety Essentials - Your children should have any essential items on each ride to ensure a safe trip to school. (See below for essentials).
Make a Route Map - Sometimes, the most direct route to school isn’t the safest. Help your kids plot a route that has bike lanes, wide shoulders, and low traffic.
WHAT ARE THE CORRECT CLOTHES AND EQUIPMENT?
· ALWAYS wear a helmet. Make sure it is the right size and fitted properly before riding off. Be sure the helmet is positioned squarely on their head, sitting just above the eyebrows and not tilted back or tipped forwards. It must be a snug fit and should not stop them seeing clearly or cover their ears. And fasten straps securely so they aren’t twisted, with only enough room for two fingers between their chin and the strap.
· Get your child to wear fluorescent or light coloured clothing if they are riding during the day or in poor light. After dark, children should wear reflective clothing, such as fluorescent or light coloured clothing will not be visible.
· Add lights and reflective stickers to the bikes so that you and your child can be seen at all times.
· Wear comfortable shoes that won’t get caught in the pedals and make sure any shoes with laces are properly tied up so their shoes don’t fall off.
· If you can buy a bottle holder, bring water on all your trips. With all that exercising you never know when your child will need a drink.
· Wear bike gloves to stop your child’s hands from slipping when trying to brake. They also make holding the handle bars more comfortable.
WALKING TO SCHOOL
Could you walk to school? What are the benefits?
Fitness and health
Most of us are very aware that childhood obesity is rising fast – in 2008, 31% of children between the ages of 2 and 15 were overweight or obese. Children need at least an hour of physical activity per day, and walking to school is a great way to get some of that exercise. There are also concerns about the level of pollution that children are exposed to sitting inside cars in congested or slow moving traffic. When planning your walking journey to school, it may well be possible to find a route which is quiet or traffic-free, and walking through green spaces such as parks can make you feel calmer and happier.
Concentration at school
Evidence shows that children who are physically active on the way to school burn off some of their excess energy, and are more able to settle down and focus well in lessons.
Socialising and independence
If your child joins a walking bus, or is old enough to walk to school with friends, they will have extra time in the day to build friendships, and feel comfortable around other people. And most teenagers, like all of us, need time to themselves – walking home can be a great time to think, relax, and mull over their day.
The more you walk, the less you use your car, therefore the less you spend on petrol.
Benefits for the environment and community
During term-time, one in five cars on the road at the peak travel time of 8.45 a.m. are parents driving their children to school. By switching to walking, we can save huge amounts of CO2, helping to prevent climate change, and reduce levels of air pollution which are a major cause of asthma. For residents of local communities near schools, trying to get to work at this time can be a huge struggle, what with traffic congestion in small residential streets, and the general mayhem of parents parking up, dropping kids off and snatching quick conversations with friends at the school gate.
TOP TIPS WHEN WALKING TO SCHOOL:
Always look both ways when crossing the road
Don’t walk behind a car or bus when they can’t see you.
Don’t text while walking, Pay attention
WALK TO SCHOOL SCHEME
The results of the annual National Travel Survey show the number of children walking to primary school is at the lowest figure ever! A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it’s less than half. We want to reverse this decline. We want children to be energised and empowered, and to make walking to school their natural choice. White Rock Primary School are working together with the ‘Walking to School’ charity to help children get excited about walking to school. They have provided our school class charts to see who can walk the most during the week. children can earn stickers by completing the chart.
For more information about the ‘Walking to School’ charity. Please check out their website: www.livingstreets.org.uk. Find useful tips and learn more about why walking to school is a great option for you and your children.
JUNIOR ROAD SAFETY OFFICERS
JSRO's look after road safety within their school by helping to:
- Spread the road safety messages among their peers
- Speak in assemblies once a term
- Organise competitions
- Adapt their notice board with leaflets and posters every term
- Provide information to go on to the schools web site
Our focus this term is... 'Be Safe, Be Seen.'
Our Junior Road Safety team are a mix of pupils across Year 5 and 6. We meet each week to discuss a range of topics, plan upcoming events and work on our JRSO information board which is located in the library.
JRSO Video - final small file.m4v
From the 25th January, the JRSO have been promoting safe cycling across the school. They have held two assemblies for Year 1/2 and Year 3/4 to advise on how to cycle safely. They have also held a competition to design a futuristc bike and will be announcing the winners on Monday 8th February.
On 24th March, the JRSO team held a KS1 assembly. During this, they gave the pupils information and showed them how to be safe on the roads. They also held a quiz for the pupils to take part in!
During February 2015, the JRSO created their own display for the Library. The display includes lots of facts that relate to 'be safe, be seen,' as well as useful websites and a thunk! The JRSO team will update this each half term so that the pupils of White Rock will be up to date with the current road safety theme. The team were also busy working on their part in the school's newsletter.
During the Spring Term, our focus is 'be safe, be seen.' We have recently delivered a whole school assembly based on this topic, where we discussed the importance of wearing the correct clothing or using the correct equipment when completing activities outside.