Healthy schools & TRAVEL PLAN

 

At Scotts, we participate in the TRAVEL PLAN scheme that helps us to achieve our TfL STARS accreditation.  STARS rewards schools that promote safer and active travel behaviour which consequently helps to increase the number of pupils and staff who walk, scooter and cycle to and from school and therefore helps us to reduce the traffic around our school.  We also help year 6 children prepare for their journey to secondary school.  

Each year in September, we employ four Junior Travel Ambassadors (JTAs).  This year we have two children in year 2 and two children in year 6. Their job is to make travelling to and from school safer and more active for their friends and school mates.  They do this by researching, planning, promoting and delivering safer, active independent travel activities via assemblies, competitions and events. The JTAs meet with our local road safety officer (Elaine) who awards them with a JTA badge and high visibility vest whilst introducing them to the role.  

Healthy Schools London Award

The healthy schools rating scheme is a voluntary scheme awarded by the Major of London for schools that recognise, encourage and contribute to the support of pupils' health and wellbeing.  

 

Rainbow Champions

The Rainbow Teamwork with a selected group of children that are recognised as being good friends to all. These children are known in school as our rainbow champions and can be recognised by their rainbow badges and lanyards! 

They work as a team, similarly to how the school council operates, to help their peers in resolving issues. They meet on a half termly basis with Mrs Sfaltos to take part in activities including role play where they can practise supporting their friends in restorative play.

Every week, our Rainbow Champions lead a lunchtime club 'Troubles Tuesday's' with Mrs Bones. This club gives all junior children the opportunity to talk to a peer about something that is troubling them. It is also a safe space for children to enjoy quiet games, indoor positive play and mindfulness colouring. 

Travel Plan

Our travel policy

We are proud to announce that as of September 2021, we have a been awarded  gold level TfL STARS accreditation. Well done to all staff, children and parents for the work involved in being awarded at this level.

Cycle Awareness Day for Key Stage 1 Children

Luckily, the sun was still shining and lovely and warm when some of our children in year 1 and year 2 participated in our bike and scooter training recently.  This event was thoroughly enjoyed and their class teachers have reported that the children returned back to class with big smiles.

Bikeability Training with year 5

Some of our students in year 5 are shown here, busy peddling towards their level one and two Bikeability certificates. 

Thanks to the expert instructors, pupils have developed better, safer cycling habits that have prepared them for dealing with short journeys to school and the local shops. Thank you!

Promoting Scooter Safety Via Books in Year One

In November, all of our year one pupils were given a great book called 'Why Animals Can't Ride Scooters and You Can'.  The books are all about animals who fail miserably to ride their scooter safely. From downhill blunders to negotiating driveways. Clever and engaging imagery helps bring the charming story to life as it warns children of what happens when scooting goes terribly wrong.

Travel Plan Conference Meeting

On the 6th March 2020, Mr Grewal and I visited Coopers Coburn School in Upminster for the 2020 Travel Plan Conference.

We met with other local schools in the borough and shared our achievements over the previous year.  We met our local borough members and external agencies who offer their services to our community.  Mr Grewal and I have some great ideas to implement in the upcoming year.  Watch this space!

We Promote School Trips Using Public Transport

On a recent visit to the Metro Bank in Romford, our year fives used public transport to travel there and back.