Star Walkers is a fun way to promote walking to school whilst teaching children to recognise constellations.
Each child is given a picture of a constellation with spaces for the stars that make up that constellation.
Each time they walk to school they earn a star sticker to sticker onto their constellation.
Once they have completed their constellation card they can take it home and ask a parent or carer to take them out after dark to see if they can find their constellation.
Then they get a new constellation to work towards.
Start with the smaller constellations and work towards the larger ones.
Enjoy your stary journeys!
The constellation patterns are available free to download from us, seeThere is currently one A4 size printable sheet which includes Cassiopia (5 stars), The Plough (7 stars), Cepheus (8 stars) and Perseus (13 stars). We can add to this selection on request.
You will need 1cm wide star shape shiny stickers (one per child who walks, per day). These can be purchased from us in sheets of 105.
When a pupil has completed all four constellations, if you want to give them a special reward we suggest one of our star shape reflectors.
Tips for Organisers
Print one sheet of four constellation pictures for each pupil taking part.
Cut them along the dotted lines and give each pupil their first picture; Cassiopia.
Each pupil can put their name on their sheet and put it in their bookbag ready for their next walk to school.
Older pupils can help by giving out star stickers to those pupils who walk to school as the pupils taking part arrive at school.
Let parents know about the initiative in advance so they can make it easier and encourage their children to walk to school.
You can try the scheme with one class or year at a time or for the whole school.
It takes a minimum of 33 days to complete all four constellations, ie just over six school weeks, but you can do it for a shorter time (eg a week will complete Cassiopia).
Although it will have to be up to parents or carers to take pupils out at night to see their stars, you can encourage this by covering more about constellations in the classroom or in a science club.