Road Safety Resources for Teachers
Are you the Head of Key stage 3?
Did you know that the most significant risk of injury whilst travelling out and about in Gloucestershire for pupils aged 12,13 and 14 years is when they are pedestrians?
Car passengers and cyclist are also over represented in our overall casualty figures taken from the last 5 years.
That is why we the Gloucestershire road safety team are working hard to support you in safe guarding your students, the resources below are free and available now
Secondary Pedestrian Safety Year 9, presentation and lesson plan – available to download
Young people are at significant risk as pedestrians. In the introduction, we look at the statistics surrounding pedestrians as a vulnerable road user group. There is information about speeding and its effect on pedestrian safety. The presentation encourages peer discussion to talk through the practical and emotional effects of road crashes. Students can also explore the reasons why young people are more at risk on foot. There is a summary of key statements to empower students for their safety.
The most popular form of transport for getting from A to B is a car and in Gloucestershire car occupants, aged 16 – 24 are the age group most likely to be killed or seriously injured. Our collision data informs us passengers aged 15 – 19 are at greatest risk. This workshop focuses on encouraging young people to ‘speak up’ to careless or dangerous driving. It is designed to empower decision making and provides some useful strategies to reduce risk. The presentation is 45 minutes long and is delivered by operational firefighters.
New Journey @ SkillZONE – a peer mentoring project, delivered by Road Safety staff by arrangement
Research shows that peer-mentoring can be a really impactful technique for young people. We have designed a project where that technique is a key feature with the aim of reducing preventable injuries both on the road and in the house by reaching out to all new secondary students. We invite 30 selected students from Year 8 to come to SkillZONE for a volunteer-led session based around safety in the home, on the bus and around roads.
With these newly gained skills, these students ‘coach’ the new Year 7’s when they start in September, to reduce their risk and improve their confidence, which will set them up for the next five years of independent travel to and from their secondary school. This project is organised by the Schools Safety Officer at Gloucestershire Road Safety Team working with support from SkillZONE and Retained Fire Fighters.
Are you the Head of Key stage 2?
Did you know a significant risk of injury when travelling on Gloucestershire’s roads to children aged 5 to 11 yrs will be as a pedestrian?
Young car passengers and cyclists are also represented in our last five years of casualty figures.
That is why we the Gloucestershire road safety team are working hard to support you in safe guarding your pupils, the resources below are free and available now.
Junior Assembly Y4 Safe Walking, lesson plan – available to download
This 15-minute assembly will help children to recognise a safe and suitable place to cross the road and remind them how to use the Green Cross Code. Pupils who may be starting to walk to school without an adult will be shown the need to take extra care to cross safely.
Junior Assembly Y3 Be Bright, lesson plan – available to download
This 15-minute assembly aims to help children understand the importance of being seen and to show how the clothing they wear can affect their safety. It’s a very practical session and the lesson plan gives a list of the props you will need.
Year 6 Practical Pedestrian Training – delivered by Road Safety staff by arrangement
This lesson is entirely practical, using a road with traffic as the pupils’ ‘class room’. The aim is to enable pupils to discover for themselves the safest methods of crossing the road in different situations. Using the same methods on-road cycle training adopts, this practical teaching will give them the confidence to become independent pedestrians. We follow a risk assessed route, with adult supervision, using controlled and uncontrolled crossings in the vicinity of the school. Using a Q&A approach pupils are encouraged to ask questions and to think about their own safety when moving up to secondary school. The session ends with a pupil summary of key safety statements.
Year 5 and 6 Pedestrian Safety presentation – delivered by Road Safety staff by arrangement
This presentation will prepare Year 5 and 6 pupils for greater exposure to risk, when they start at their new secondary school. This classroom session enables pupils to understand the reasons why young people are vulnerable as pedestrians. Different situations are explored and pupils are asked to identify the risks and discuss ways to overcome them. This helps them develop strategies for safe travel; essential education for your pupils who will soon be travelling independently to secondary school.
We want children to know how important it is to be seen by drivers. By exploring the concepts of camouflage and contrast, we can show children how easy it is to wear or carry something to make them visible.
Holding their grown-up’s hand is the best way for a pre-school child to stay safe near roads. This lesson plan can be used in different ways to explore and reinforce this message. Teaching staff can use pictures, a story or role play, building up to a well supervised visit to a real road or car park.
Click here for the ‘Brake’ Holding Hands Colouring Sheets
Songs are available at the RoSPA website, Road Safety School Assembly Songs