Gloucester pupils get street-smart for Road Safety Week
Pupils from Churcham Primary School and Ashleworth Church of England Primary School in Gloucester have been learning the rules of the road as part of this year’s Road Safety Week 17th – 23rd November.
The road safety lesson was delivered by the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership, using SkillZONE’s unique street setting.
This year’s safety week theme is ‘looking out for each other’ and children visiting SkillZONE during the national week were taught top tips for keeping themselves and others safe on the road.
- Take the time to look out for cars, cyclists, pedestrians and children on scooters on their journey to school.
- Always ‘Stop, Look and Listen’ for traffic before crossing the road safely with parents or guardians.
- Be extra careful at this time of year because drivers have less chance of seeing you in darker mornings and evenings.
- Always cross where you can be seen and wherever possible use controlled crossings and to wear something bright when walking near roads in the dark.
- Don’t be distracted by mobile phones, chatting to friends or listening to music near roads, particularly when you are about to cross a road.
Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for road safety, said: “We want all young people to be aware of the dangers on the road, especially at this time of year when drivers find it harder to see in poor light.
“SkillZONE is a great place to learn some really important road safety messages in a way in which young people will remember them.”
It was the second time Churcham Primary had been to the safety centre. Teacher Claire Gobourne, said: “ I think it’s a fantastic learning opportunity to come to SkillZONE. We do cover road safety in school but this really brings those lessons to life.”
Pupil Amy McKay, 10, said: “I was so excited about coming here today. I have learnt a lot about road safety and one of the things it reminded me was to wear my seatbelt at all times, even if just going around the corner.”