Rocks Park children ‘travel’ around the world

Two sisters at Rocks Park Primary School who are taking part in the virtual ‘Trek Around the World’ challenge. With them are head teacher Mr Best, and teaching assistant Mrs Ledward.

Children from Rocks Park Primary School, in Uckfield, have been walking around the world, ‘visiting’ places such as Kiev, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, Russia, islands in the North Pacific Ocean, and Canada.

Their virtual journey started in January when headteacher Andy Best was talking to the children about exercise during one of his online assemblies.

He challenged them to walk 5km during the following week, and the children covered 302km between them. The idea of a bigger challenge was born.


Uckfield is on the 50th line of latitude and it was decided that the children would walk virtually along that line in an easterly direction.

Each week the children, and their families, are logging the distances, and Mr Best updates everyone on progress in the online Friday assembly.

By week 13 of the challenge thy had walked 23,892km (that’s about 14,485 miles), and there were just 1,009km (about 1,240 miles) to go to get back to Uckfield.

They had passed Bartletts Harbour, Newfoundland, and were on their way across the Atlantic Ocean.

Read all about the journey and what the children have ‘seen’ and learned in a log on the school website.

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