(woman) Mostly, we're targeting
to be ready, eaten,
maybe one dose of children's TV
by about 8:30.
The ideal is we're ready to walk out
calmly and quietly by 8:40.
Most children live very close by,
so they tend to walk or they take
a scooter, or they go on a bike,
or they go on the back of
a parent's bike.
We've had a couple of roller-skates,
a couple of skateboards occasionally.
Lots of people come in
lots of different ways.
I love sort of like balancing on things
and I tried to have a go
on a unicycle.
It's quite hard because you really
need to concentrate on the road.
Whenever I feel not too puffed out
but a bit puffed out,
I know I'm going to be good.
It gives the children that time
between home and school
to wake up their brain, get some
fresh air, move their legs around,
which gets them in the right mood
for learning for the rest of the day.
You notice that those children are a
more wide-awake and ready to start.
It's also a sociable way. We try and
encourage children to find somebody
that they could walk to school with,
and that engages new friendships.
I quite like walking because
I get to chat with my mum on the way.
When I'm walking,
I like to look around.
There's always a robin on the tree
it's always whistling. It's quite cute.
It's a really good chance for people
who maybe have parents
who are rushing to work
after they've walked to school.
(girl) I walk to school with my mum
because on the way she goes to the
train station to take the train to work.
Even though it's a short distance,
I feel like I've done something good,
that I've not polluted our planet.
(Sarah) The children are aware
that it helps the environment
and the air that they breathe in.
(Cate) The scooter thing just took
and everyone was sharing or borrowing.
Parents were coming in on scooters, too.
I know loads of tricks on my
That's my favourite thing to do.
(boy) I can do an ollie,
I can do a kick flip,
and if I have a ramp
I can do a 360 in the air.
(Dorian) Normally, I go with my mum.
I don't go with nobody else.
(Sasha) I sometimes go by myself.
Sometimes my dad takes me,
sometimes my mum takes me.
When we realised it would be a good
thing for Aykan to have the capacity
and right, if you like,
to head off to school on his own,
what we did was we walked our way
through a few acceptable routes
and we demarcated
the ones that really wouldn't be good.
There's just too much risk,
there's not enough formal crossings.
The key thing was
were there pedestrian crossings
with little red men
and little green men to follow?
That's the only places he's allowed
to cross the road. There are no others.
Because one part of the journey
is on quite a narrow pavement,
I think the only other skill
we had to introduce
was not knocking people over
on the pavement.
Specifically if they're coming
the other way.
(Sarah) There are so many
to avoid the main roads
and potentially dangerous crossings.
Going through green areas
and seeking them out, as well,
is a really good thing to do.
It gets air in my face and gets my
pumped up and ready.
You don't feel lighter,
but you kind of feel more agile.
In the car, you just take the roads,
so on a bike, it feels more free.
I think the biggest benefit
to Aykan now being of an age
where we can let him go on his own
necessary is that he knows we trust him.
He knows the way,
our school is very near.
It's really not more than
a five, ten minute journey.
But we now know
he knows how to cross roads,
he's respectful of people
on the pavement,
and I think it gives him
a terrific boost
to know he's trusted
and can be independent.
I walk with my two friends,
Thalia and Eleanor, and we walk alone.
I always want to be on time
so I don't let my friends down.
We always walk on time.
I think we're going to watch
There's no adults or parents
and I feel quite grown-up.
We talk about school
and if there's an assessment week,
we kind of tell each other about
if we're worried and hope we don't fail.
We talk about stuff that happens
us and what we did on the weekend.
I don't want to go to
an all-girls school.
We started it this year,
so it's really exciting because
we've only just been doing it.
(Cate) Most year six children are
keen to show that they're growing up
and that they're independent
at secondary school.
They don't want mum or dad or carer
to take them to school.
We have lots of mums
who have to hide behind the gates
and aren't actually allowed
to come in and be seen.
I think that's important. I can
being like that when I was a child.
You watch them and I know that
some parents follow their children home
for the first few times
without them noticing
to make sure they are
crossing the roads properly.
That's important for children
to talk to their parents about.
Find a way and practise it
with their parents
so that they feel safer and also
they can get to school in one piece,
which is the main thing.
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