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Active Hambrough 2019-2020

The academic year began with the wonderful news that Hambrough was once again awarded “Gold status” for all it’s travel initiatives. The school appointed a new group of Global Ambassadors (JTAs) who this year were to carry out not only duties related to promoting active travel but also to support the Rights Respecting Global Goals. One of the first tasks for the ambassadors was to attend a JTA Fun Day organised by the Ealing Travel team, in honour of gaining the Gold Award. Through various activities and games they learnt why active travel is important and what to bear in mind when they are presenting assemblies or running competitions and challenges. (Read more in newsletter 3)

This year the school participated in all it’s usual initiatives throughout the autumn term and most of the Spring term, to ensure children stay active, healthy and safe. However, many activities planned for the latter part of the spring term and all of the summer term were cancelled as the school closed due to COVID 19. Listed below are all the ACTIVE TRAVEL related activities that did take place this year.

WORLD CHILDREN’S DAY – 20/11/19: One of our first activities this year was to mark World Children’s Day 2019 and to celebrate the power of children to change the World we did our bit to make sure children in the UK & all over the world live happy, healthy lives. The school took part in a competition run by UNICEF and Transport for London (TfL) to show what makes public transport great for children in the Capital. Children were asked to enter the competition in their own time. On 20 November, Hambrough children stood up for their rights. This year was extra special as it marked 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – 30 years of rights that have helped transform children’s lives around the world. Children wore blue to school and donated £1.00. A total of £321.10 was raised and donated to UNICEF (Read more in Newsletter no 5 – RRSA – Outright campaign)

ROAD SAFETY WEEKRoad Safety Week took place during the week of  18th November and the whole school participated.  This year’s theme was “Step up for safe streets”! Read more about Road Safety Week in Newsletter (5).  During the week there were many activities such as:

  • A launch assembly: the assembly led jointly by Waterside Development focused on the theme touching on road-safety not only when biking or walking but also on rail and travel safety generally.  The assembly closed with the school choir singing the school Travel song.
  • Beep Beep Day (13/11/19): Children in Years 1 & 2 took part in Beep Day. They took part in age appropriate activities around Road Safety and Bike Safety. Resources were made by teachers this year in class with children as an art activity and children put their creative skills to test in creating masks etc. This was a fun way of delivering the message to younger children to make them aware of the important message.
  • Daily Gate PatrolOnce again, members of the school council, escorted by school staff, patrolled the front and rear entrances of the school to promote road safety, safer parking and generally encourage active travel to school.
  • Story time sessions in classes: Story time in all classes were linked to the road safety theme.
  • Digger Day: a “Digger (courtesy of Waterside Development) was parked in our playground. All children had great fun visiting and learning about the safety aspects of being around large construction vehicles and general road safety.
  • Road Safety Banner Competition: as part of an art lesson, Year 6 took part in a competition run by Waterside Development team and created/designed travel banners, with the theme “No parking on the Zig-Zag lines”. Banners were created during an art lesson and entries handed over to Waterside Development. However there were no winners on this occasion!
  • Pedestrian Skills training (12/11/19): Year 3 classes received pedestrian skills training and learnt essential road safety skills to make them safer pedestrians. Training was delivered by “For2Feet”, in groups of 10 children with 2 experienced instructors. Each group received one 45-minute training session on pavements around the school. The training was an invaluable skill for children to acquire.
  • A Hands Up Survey: We undertook our annual hands up survey to gain an analysis on travel to school culture, on 20/11/19.
  • Walks to Southall Station: As official adopters of Southall Station all year groups  visited Southall station during the week  to receive safety talks on rail safety. This was a great way to develop skills to educate children of rail and road safety
  • JTA ACTIVE TRAVEL CHALLENGE (18/11/19 – 22/11/19): In partnership with the Local Authority, the school ran the Active Travel Bookmark Challenge. The travel working party decided to run this during Road Safety Week 2019. Global Ambassadors (and a staff member) were on timetable and could be found in the playground at the beginning of the day for children to get their bookmarks stuck with “smiley face stickers”  if they had taken part in the challenge i.e. walked/cycled/scooted to school. (Newsletter 5)

CYCLING (BIKEABILITY COURSES): The school re-introduced it’s well-established programme of cycling proficiency at KS2 once again this year (after last year's gap year). The sessions were delivered by a new provider – cycleInstructor.com to children in Years 4, 5, & 6. The programme aims to develop children's & staff cycling skills. The programme is always well-received by children and parents. In 2019-2020, lessons were held for Y5 during 25th Nov – 6th Dec 2019; sessions were scheduled for Y3 & 4  from  23rd & 24th April 2020 and Y6  from  6th – 10th July 2020  but were cancelled due to COVID19. cycle Instructor.com even offered free bikeability courses to children in Years 3,4,5 & 6 during the summer vacations after lockdown restrictions were eased. With more and more staff also cycling into school, we plan to purchase a bike shelter for staff bikes in 2020-2021.

AIR QUALITY COMPETITION ACTIVITY ON POOR AIR QUALITY: Run by Sustrans, the school took part in designing a travel banner competition in January/February 2020. This also linked to our Rights Respecting work, global goals 13 (Climate action), and 3 (Good Health/Well-Being). The aim being to encourage people to help make our environment cleaner and pollute less to improve the quality of the air for everyone in London. Global Ambassadors ran separate assemblies for KS1 & KS2 to promote the competition, Templates and information were sent home as a half-term project for children to complete via letter and newsletter. Well-Done to Avijot Singh whose final entry was chosen and submitted to STA. (Read Newsletter 8)

AIR QUALITY DAY (Citizenship Week) – 27/01/20: The theme this year for our annual Citizenship week was “Climate Action”. The aim being to educate pupils and adults about the importance of improving air quality, and what we can do to reduce air pollution  through various means (eg sustainable travel, recycling etc). Outline for the week included: daily morning “walk a mile” in Playground, Friends of the Earth assemblies around rubbish & recycling and air pollution, Friends of the Earth workshops with children, Young Town planners workshops planning a green environment, Y5 city hall trip –(travel by train), Y6 Parliament trip (travel by train). A recycling initiative was launched in the school & new recycling bins purchased. A recycling rota was developed for the Global ambassadors to collect and dispose. (Read more in newsletter 9)

AIR QUALITY DAY (Idling Workshops): 21/02/20: Run by the Mayor of London the school was due to take part in an air quality Idling project. The aim being to educate pupils and adults about the importance of improving air quality. On the 27th March an assembly led by the global ambassadors was scheduled to take place to promote this, to which parents were to be invited to attend and take part in a workshop – however due to school closure on the 20th March, because of COVID 19, this did not take place. Workshops with Year 5 and global ambassadors were scheduled to take place during the day. (Read more in newsletter 9)

WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK (18/05/20 – 22/05/20):  The school still held it’s annual Walk to school week despite being in lockdown due to COVID 19, encouraging children and adults to walk to keep healthy and follow the government guidelines to be safe during the pandemic period. The Walking week was renamed WALK, WALK, WALK. A simplified outline of the week – including walking/cycling/scooting, happy shoes day, an improvised walking bus, designing a bookmark and cooking healthy rainbow meals - was set up during this period and children informed by text, email and newsletter. (Read  about WALK WALK WALK in Newsletter 14)

We learnt that walking has many benefits. Walking:

  • is good for the environment
  • is an opportunity to learn about road safety
  • keeps people fit and healthy reveals hidden treasures in the community
  • provides quality time spent as a family.
  • On Wednesday 20th we held a “HAPPY SHOES DAY”. Pupils wore shoes that made them happy and helped them to walk more – and emailed in their photographs.
  • On Friday children were asked to help cook  a special rainbow theme active lunch and share these images by email AND on Thursday, children were asked to create their own WALKING BUS.

2M SOCIAL DISTANCE FOOTWAY MARKINGS: Supporting social distancing for the school journey: : During school closure due to COVID 19, the LA offered the school 2m social distance footway markings and barriers to be installed around local streets near school entrance to make them pedestrianised or cycle zone areas.

Active Hambrough 2018-2019

It’s been another eventful, busy and active year with a lot of firsts for Hambrough!   Once again the school participated in many initiatives throughout the year, in our endeavour to ensure children stay active, healthy and safe. This year meant our Gold status needed to be renewed  and maintenance of Gold was one of the school's key priorities in our School Improvement Plan.

The year kick-started when staff were consulted on active travel at our first Inset day and the SDP for 2018/2019 was shared with all. One of our key priorities highlighted this year was to "embed initiatives supporting healthy and sustainable methods”. Our travel working party met and put an action plan together, strategically linking initiatives with healthy travel, healthy schools, PSHE and RRSA global goals. The working party initially was a four-member group (Head, Travel, PSHE and Healthy Schools co-ordinators) that cross linked with the School Council. However, the working party expanded later in the year when the RRSA lead also joined the group and appointed a group of Global ambassadors to support the work of both Travel and RRSA initiatives.

OFFICIAL ADOPTERS OF SOUTHALL STATION: Our first project began in September when the school became official adopters of Southall Train Station in September 2018, due to its close proximity to the school. Members of MTR Crossrail delivered a special assembly on 10/09/18 & explained what the adoption would mean for the school. The school Council (who formed part of the Travel Working party group) attended a celebratory event on 14/09/18 and travelled on the Elizabeth Line, the main aim of which was to encourage more use of public transport and inform of transport, including Rail safety. Later in the year, MTR invited our school choir to sing at Paddington station and also take part in designing a Christmas card – winners of which were invited to travel to Liverpool Street and board the Santa Express to go to meet Santa himself. (Read more in Newsletters 2 and 7)

ROAD SAFETY WEEK: Road Safety Week took place during the week of  19th November and the whole school participated .  This year’s theme was “BikeSmart”! Read more about Road Safety Week in Newsletter During the week there were many activities such as:

  • A launch assembly: the assembly led jointly by Mrs Singleton and MTR  focused on BikeSmart, touching on on road-safety not only when biking or walking but also on rail and travel safety generally.  The assembly closed with the school choir singing the school Travel song.
  • Beep Beep Day (21/11/18): Children in Years 1 & 2 took part in Beep Day. They took part in age appropriate activities around Road Safety and Bike Safety. Resources were ordered from Brake and children put their creative skills to test in creating masks etc. This was a fun way of delivering the message to younger children to make them aware of the important message.
  • Daily Gate Patrol: Members of the school council, escorted by school staff, patrolled the front and rear entrances of the school to promote road safety, safer parking and generally encourage active travel to school.
  • Story time sessions in classes: Story time in all classes were linked to the road safety theme.
  • Digger Day for Reception & Nursery: a “Digger (courtesy of Waterside Development) was parked in our playground on 21st & 22nd November. Children had great fun visiting and learning about the safety aspects of being around large construction vehicles and general road safety.
  • Road Safety Banner Competition: Year 6 took part in “Design a Banner” Competition, the winner of which was Shayama Abdalla, whose banner was proudly displayed outside the school gates after a celebratory event, during Walk to School Week in May 2019.
  • Pedestrian Skills training (19/11/18): Year 3 classes received pedestrian skills training and learnt essential road safety skills to make them safer pedestrians. Training was delivered by “For2Feet”, in groups of 10 children with 2 experienced instructors. Each group received one 45 minute training session on pavements around the school. The training was an invaluable skill for children to acquire.
  • A Hands Up Survey: We undertook our annual hands up survey to ascertain travel to school culture on 20th October.

YTA ACTIVE TRAVEL CHALLENGE (19/11/18 – 23/11/18): In partnership with the Local Authority, the school ran the Active Travel Bookmark Challenge. The travel working party decided to run this during Road Safety Week 2018. School Councillors (and a staff member) were on timetable to be found in the playground at the beginning of the day for children to get their bookmarks initialled /stamped if they had taken part in the challenge i.e. walked/cycled/scooted to school.

WALK A MILE FITNESS WITH SCHOOL COUNCILLORS (w/c 21st & 28th JANUARY): Theme for our annual Citizenship weeks was “Healthy In & Out” when we learnt about the importance of being active in order to be healthy.  School councillors decided to run the Walk a Mile activity in the playground at the start of each morning during the 2 weeks.

WALKING BEARS (25/02/19 – 12/07/19): Teddy Bears were donated by a member of staff. Children in the Nursery introduced to this activity –all children, in rotation, got the opportunity to take Bailey, Billy, Blake or Bobby homeDuring the week children to discuss safety on the road and about their adventures. They will record and draw their experiences in a diary. The activity will continue until the end of the summer term 2019.

JUNIOR TRAVEL (GLOBAL) AMBASSADORS: Travel Co-ordinator, Healthy School Co-ordinator & RRSA (Rights Respecting) co-ordinator) joined forces and invited pupils to put themselves forward to apply for the role of JTAs. As a result, about  20 pupils applied and presented their manifestos and subsequently 16 were appointed. Their main focus for the rest of this year was to promote and cascade messages of sustainable active travel and reinforce the school’s rights respecting agenda to the school community. (Read more about the Global ambassadors in Newsletter 11)

VIDEO COMPETITION ON POOR AIR QUALITY: Our newly appointed Global Ambassadors were keen to tackle the issue of poor air quality around Southall and promote active travel. They saw the video competition launched by the LA as a perfect opportunity to spread their message. In a special assembly led by the Head they promoted the Big Pedal Challenge. They then spent most of their lunchtimes  over a period of about 8 days working on a video – laboriously putting together a script  and videoing the shots.  The video was compiled and then finally submitted to the LA on the 29th March.

BIG PEDAL CHALLENGE (29/03/19): The whole school community took part in a ONE-DAY Big Pedal challenge on 29/03/19. The event was promoted in an assembly led by the Head & Global Ambassadors, by  newsletter & texts to parents. The aim was to promote a cycling (& scooting) travel culture & choose the highest recorded class within the school with most pupils who cycled, scooted or walked to school on the day.  The cycle rack was overflowing. Three classes tied with the most recorded pupils scooting, cycling or walking on the day. Each class was presented with games for their classes in a celebration assembly. (Read more about the Big Pedal in Newsletters 10 & 11)

“THE VOICE” COMPETITION – 28/05/19: The school took part in “The Voice”  competition run by MTR Crossrail to promote rail travel safety.  Pupils were asked to do this activity in their own time, as homework. A total of 10 entries were submitted and we were absolutely delighted when one entry was chosen as the winning entry by MTR. The winner, Hetvi Patel was invited to Liverpool Street to experience a train journey in the driver’s cab and record a station announcement which was played in stations off peak times for a month. (Read more about the Voice winner in Newsletter 14)

WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK (17/05/19 – 24/05/19): Once again we took part in Walk to School Week, which is always a popular event. A launch assembly generated enthusiasm once again into walking to school. The assembly was led by the Headteacher and Global ambassadors. The assembly highlighted all the outline for the week and  ended with choir singing the school’s travel song (Check out the travel song and sing along to the lyrics).  Pupils were informed of all events planned: Travel Banner unveiling, Daily Walk a mile, Book Mark Competition & stamping, Daily Gate Patrol, Happy Shoes Day; Walking Bus, a Theme Lunch. (Read more  about this year's Walk to School week in Newsletter 13)

We learnt that walking has many benefits. Walking:

  • is good for the environment
  • is an opportunity to learn about road safety
  • keeps people fit and healthy
  • reveals hidden treasures in the community
  • provides quality time spent as a family.

The "Get Moving" challenge linked with the RRSA Global Goals  3 ,13 and 15 - " Good Health & Well-Being", "Climate Change" and " Life on Land". Activities were planned for all year groups throughout the week inside and outside the classroom, around these areas of work.  As part of the Active Travel Challenge we took part in a competition run by Ealing to design next year’s bookmark.  We asked children what they enjoyed about their journey to school and the designs showed some interesting and positive attitudes towards active travel.  The best designs – one each from each Key stage – were submitted to the Local Authority and children presented with gift vouchers for Halfords. And in addition.....

  • Every morning staff, parents and children were invited to WALK a MILE around the playground.  The designated teacher leading the Walk met children and parents every morning at 8.15am in the playground and walked 6 laps of both playgrounds.
  • On Tuesday 21st we held a “HAPPY SHOES DAY”. Pupils and staff wore shoes that made them happy and helped them to walk more. A total of £305.75 was collected, half of which was donated to Living Streets. The remainder was used to fund our Health Fair, held later in June 2019.
  • Each morning a member of staff and members of the SCHOOL COUNCIL  were on GATE PATROL while the Global Ambassadors were issuing stickers on all children who had walked, biked,  or scooted to school to stick on their bookmarks.  They also made sure that if you did come by car, you did so safely and in any event did not park or stop on the zig-zag lines. 
  • On Wednesday 22nd a special travel theme lunch was enjoyed by all
  • AND on Wednesday 22nd we launched our first ENORMOUS WALKING BUS. The event was publicised heavily by our global ambassadors and through display of posters, texts, a launch assembly, the school website and letters and newsletters sent home. The bus was indeed enormous and attended and enjoyed by staff, volunteers, governors, representatives from the LA Travel team and pretty much three-quarters of the school parent/pupil community. Read more on the Walking Bus page.

HEALTH FAIR (05/06/19): The school held its annual Health Fair on  05/06/19 to promote healthy eating and healthy lifestyles including WALKING.  Pupils enjoyed a Bike Smoothie and a Bike show among other activities. An activity timetable  was developed & parents urged to join the walking challenge each morning Cross-curricular activities included: visit by the dentist, walk a mile challenge, lunch-time helpers promoting healthy packed lunch ideas, healthy cooking, sports/fitness activities, health-related singing. (Read more about the Health Fair in Newsletter 14)

BALANCE BIKE EVENT:  We were delighted when ten pupils from Mayfield and Hambrough Primary Schools were selected to take part in a Balance Bike Celebration day, kindly hosted by Selbourne Primary School in their large field and playground on 11/06/19. There were balance bike races, a BMX display and lots of free time to ride bikes. The event goes a long way in developing children’s balance & co-ordination skills. (Read more about the Balance Bike event in Newsletter 14)

GO GREEN DAY FOR CLEAN AIR: As part of our Rights Respecting ethos, we held a GO GREEN DAY on 1st July to promote the importance of clean air. Once again our Global Ambassadors were on board spreading the word and promoting this event and as a special treat for their hard work  four lucky children got the opportunity to see the premier of Toy Story 4 at Leicester Square. (Read more about the Go Green Day in Newsletters 14 & 15)

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