Northwick Manor: Walk a Million Miles
Sara Stanley, Deputy Headteacher at Northwick Manor Primary School shares their experience of 'Walk a Million Miles'
Where do you do the daily walk?
On our school grounds. We are lucky enough to have a very large outdoor area.
Did your school experience any barriers when you began the walking initiative, and if so how did you overcome these?
At first, staff were concerned about fitting it into an already busy timetable. Everyone soon realised that the walk did not take as long as they expected.
Since starting 'Walk a Million Miles', what have been the benefits for the children and what has been the impact on your school?
One of the most surprising things has been the chats. There is so little time to chat with children sometimes and it has really helped cement teacher-pupil relationships much quicker. There are obvious health benefits to children. Being able to do the walk when it suits your class has been helpful too, it gives a chance to pick a time when the children need a brain break and an opportunity to refocus.
How have children/staff benefitted from walking the 'Walk a Million Miles'?
One child in year 4 has benefitted from the opportunity to have more time when he is not confined to the classroom where he has struggled to focus. This child is much calmer after his walk. We have introduced more walks to help him further in light of the effect it has.
Have you included parents and the community in aspects of the 'Walk a Million Miles'?
We have let parents know we are doing the walks. Parent volunteers join us too.
What do you think of the experience?
A very positive experience for the whole school community.