Aprende inglés: ¿Por qué esta calle se cierra semanalmente al tráfico para que jueguen niños y niñas?
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Aprende inglés: Por qué es beneficioso cerrar las calles al tráfico para que jueguen niños y niñas

En esta nueva serie, los periodistas de la BBC te ayudan a practicar inglés con una noticia de la semana. Mira el video y aprende nuevo vocabulario.


A new scheme to encourage old play.

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pilot scheme – first plan or programme of its kind

gaining traction – becoming more accepted and popular

drew inspiration (from) – found the source of an idea in something

government guidelines – advice from the government on how to do something

championed – supported, defended or fought for something

Responde a esto:

In what way is 'Street Play' helping children meet governmental health guidelines?


A street in Toronto, Canada, with children doing what they do best - playing together and having fun. They're able to play on the roads here because cars are banished every week for four hours at a time. This street is one of seven that have just finished a six-month pilot scheme.

Deborah Doncaster, President - Earth Day Canada ''It's all about getting kids outside playing again. It was a natural part of my childhood but it's a big piece of childhood that's missing from the modern day."

Often known as 'Street Play' - it's an idea that's gaining traction around the world. This Canadian scheme drew its inspiration from the streets of the UK - streets like this one in Bristol. This street plays together like this for two hours every Tuesday.

Scientists who have studied the scheme think it can also have health benefits for children.

Professor Angie Page, University of Bristol ''You can get an extra ten minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity just from simple closure of a street for a short period of time, which can make a real difference on whether they meet the government guidelines for physical activity.''

Who introduced Street Play sessions to her Bristol street?

Alice Ferguson, Director - Playing Out ''Our children were not getting outside enough, they were not physically active enough, and we saw that we had this great space immediately outside their front doors, but they couldn't use it. ''

More than forty local authorities across the UK are now supporting the 'Street Play' scheme she championed, and 'Street Play' seems to have an appeal that crosses national boundaries.

¿Lo entendiste?

In what way is 'Street Play' helping children meet governmental health guidelines?

La respuesta:

'Street Play' is helping children meet governmental health guidelines by providing an extra ten minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.

¿Sabías que...?

'Street Play' is a grassroots movement. This means that it is an idea which was first created and organised by ordinary people to solve a problem they were having at a local level.