Travel Plan

Waterthorpe Nursery Infant School Travel Plan
Please click here for our School Travel Plan

Please click here for our School Travel Policy.

Please click here for the Waterthorpe Walking Bubble. Where possible, we ask families to park outside of this bubble and walk from there to school.

Please Click here for our Active Travel Map, giving guidance on travel and our park and walk area.


Scooters and Helmets

At Waterthorpe we encourage children to come to school on their scooters (and bikes) and we have some scooters we use in school.

Scootering is an excellent way to develop children’s physical skills and each Friday afternoon we have a scootering session in the school yard. Children are able to ride their own scooters or use a school one. At school we now provide helmets for children riding a school scooter. We would like to encourage parents who send their child with their own scooter to send a helmet for them to wear. We will not make children with their own scooters, who have no helmet, wear one.

There is no legal requirement for children to wear a helmet when riding a scooter or bicycle in this country, it is entirely parental choice. But studies have shown that wearing a helmet can reduce your risk of a serious brain injury and death because during a fall or collision, most of the impact energy is absorbed by the helmet, rather than your head and brain.

Why Wear a Helmet when Riding a Scooter?

  • Reduce injury – Wearing a helmet can reduce the chance of a head injury by 85% 
  • Start early – As a child gets faster, older and more daring, the chance of a fall/accident increases. Wearing a helmet from a young age sets kids up for wearing a helmet as a teen and adult.
  • Protect soft skulls – Kids skulls are more fragile and delicate they are more prone to injury
  • Why not? – It’s not that much of a hassle to remember to wear a helmet and it can become an automatic reflex, it’s not worth the risk to not wear one
  • Accessorise – Helmets come in a wide range of fantastic designs and colours, so look at it as an opportunity to accessorise!
  • It must make a difference – In Australia helmets are compulsory when riding a bicycle or scooter and recommended for riding a skateboard.

The Cbeebies website has seven top tips for scooter safety:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/joinin/7-scooter-safety-tips-for-kid

Be Safe – Wear A Helmet!


We were nominated, by the Local Authority Travel team, for the regional Modeshift Star awards in Leeds on Friday 17th November. We won for Sheffield! We are now officially the Modeshift Star 2017 number 1 school for Sheffield! Well done Waterthorpe!!!!

In 2018 we were again nominated and attended the awards in York. This year we were the runner-up school and were very proud of our achievement again.

 


Modeshift Stars Gold Award

We are officially a Modeshift Stars Gold Award School. We submitted our entry for the Gold Award in March 2018 and have been given the great news that we were successful!


Ten Day Active Travel October 2017

We are delighted to announce that we have won a visit from Momo theatre, in January 2018, for our work during the 10 day Active Travel event.

Well done Waterthorpe for our Silver Modeshift Stars Award  


10 day Active Travel challenge 9th to 20th October

Thank you for taking part in Sheffield City Council’s 10 Day Active Travel Challenge starting on Monday 9th October and finishing on Friday 20th October 2017. 

We gave out lots of prizes to children coming actively to school. Our Active Travel Fairy was very busy!

Children who participated and put stickers on the charts in classrooms will receive a certificate. Children who travelled actively every day will receive a special badge. (We have to send numbers off and will give out badges as soon as they arrive in school.)

We have noticed several cars stopping, and sometimes parking on zig-zag lines. This causes a danger to children crossing. Lillie wrote a letter from the School Council to a taxi company when one of their drivers completely blocked vision on the crossing when it parked to wait for someone outside school. (See our Twitter feed.)

Susan won our Summer Travel Poster Competition for a fantastic poster with the slogan ‘2 Wheels and Feet, not 4 Wheels and Seats’. Her banner is now displayed on the school fence. Thank you Susan!

Lots of children took part in Bike Skills sessions this week. They all went away with much better braking and control skills, along with a fluorescent jacket to help keep them safe cycling as the journey to and from school becomes darker.


Wear it Wild Animal Parade to School for Clean Air Car Free Friday

Clean Air Walk to School sign competition

Thank you Susan for designing such a wonderful sign for our school. We hope to see it outside in the autumn term.

 


Car Free Days on Fridays:

In the summer term of 2017 our school took part in the Sheffield NHS Car Free Days campaign. We chose Fridays each week as our Car Free Day. The campaign aims to reduce congestion and pollution around schools and to promote active journeys to school to help all children to be physically active and ready to start their day refreshed and ready to learn. 


Please click here for a link to a scheme that helps in the purchase of cycles and cycling equipment.