Sustrans Wales schools pack shortlisted for award

children in the classroom
11 March 2015

An active and healthy travel resources pack produced by Sustrans, for schools in Wales, has been shortlisted for a prestigious UK award.

The resource has been shortlisted by a panel of 28 head teachers from around the UK for the PRIMARY Non ICT prize at the Education Resources Awards 2015 to be presented on Friday 20 March.

The Key Stage 2 Literacy and Numeracy Resource Pack helps teachers deliver a range of lessons and activities linked to the cross-curricular theme of active and sustainable travel.

The pack is funded through the Welsh Government’s support for Sustrans’ work in schools.

Sustrans is one of the few charities shortlisted for the awards that are dominated by global education publishers such as Oxford University Press, Scholastic, Britannica, Bloomsbury and Lego Education.

Jane Lorimer, Director for Sustrans Cymru, said:

“I am delighted that this resource pack has been recognised by the awards. We have worked closely with the Welsh Government and other education professionals to produce a resource that helps schools teach the Literacy and Numeracy Framework while also helping to enable children to make their journeys to school healthier and more active by choosing to walk, scoot or cycle.

“Not only does the resource help teachers deliver education outcomes, but it also improves pupils’ health and wellbeing - 91% of respondents in our survey said it changed pupils’ attitudes to travel, so a maths lesson or writing lesson has the potential to make children more likely to choose active travel, with all the benefits this brings.

“The recently-published Donaldson review into education in Wales recommends health and well-being, including tackling physical inactivity, take a greater focus in schools – and resources such as this can help achieve those ambitions.

“With a quarter of households in Wales having no access to a car, supporting walking and cycling is a solution from which every child in Wales can benefit. Giving families and children the ability to access their local area, regardless of their financial background, is an important part of Sustrans’ work in Wales.

“This has huge health benefits for children and can also reduce traffic congestion and air pollution at the school gate.”

The resource helps teachers in Wales to meet their objectives under the Welsh Government's Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF) with a range of lessons and activity ideas, through which pupils can ‘…apply the skills and concepts they have learned to complete realistic tasks appropriate for their stage of development.’ (LNF Curriculum Planning Guidance, Welsh Government, 2013)

It includes 28 suggested activities, 10 of which have in-depth lesson plans, promoting Active and Sustainable Travel with the LNF skills. Each activity description shows learning opportunities to each element of the LNF for pupils in Years 5 and 6.