Posts tagged: Road Safety

Sparkle Box – Foundation, Key Stage 1 & 2 Resource

Sparkle Box

Sparkle Box is an online education resource for teachers at Foundation, Key Stage 1 & 2 levels. A great variety of visual aids to assist and reinforce safety messages in a classroom situation.

Resources available to download and use in a classroom situation include:

  • Road Safety
  • Water Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • Safety in the Home
  • First Aid
  • For further information visit http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/

    Signal Switch Off – Rethinking Traffic Control

    A fascinating look at the need for a rethink concerning traffic control in particular where and when traffic lights are used.

    Video 1 – Roads unfit for people

    Updated critique of traffic controls with proposals for change based on a trust in human nature rather than an obsession with controlling it.

    Video 2 – Roads FiT for People

    Portishead lights-off trial, which began on 14.9.09 and went permanent after journey times fell by over half with no loss of pedestrian safety

    Possible points to discuss:

  • Our traffic control system has need been properly tested, it has just evolved
  • Traffic signals take away the need to think for both the motorist and pedestrian
  • The environmental impact i.e. emissions & pollution
  • The impact on local residents and the improved quality of life, i.e. a quieter environment, less pollution, less peak noise…
  • Concentrating on how a change in traffic control would affect young children, i.e. how do they learn to interact with motorists
  • Try as a classroom game. Create a cross roads, divide the children into the following groups

    Game 1

    Drivers
    Pedestrians
    Traffic signals – this group control the game

    Game 2

    Drivers
    Pedestrians

    Observe the differences.

    For further information see http://www.fitroads.com/ and for parents and teachers more about Martin Cassini (the creator of the videos) @ his forum http://amberlight.ning.com/

    Kerbcraft Road Safety Website

    Kerbcraft Logo

    Kerbcraft Logo

    They Say

    Kerbcraft is a practical child pedestrian training scheme, developed in Drumchapel, Glasgow, by Professor James Thomson at the University of Strathclyde. It is designed to teach pedestrian skills to 5 to 7 year olds, by means of practical road-side training rather than teaching in the classroom. It is built around teaching three skills:- choosing safe places and routes; crossing safely at parked cars and crossing safely near junctions. These skills are taught over the course of at least 12 roadside sessions. Children are taught in the road environment near their schools, in pairs or groups of three children, by trained volunteers.

    This website provides information for existing Kerbcraft Co-ordinators; for those interested in setting up a new scheme in a local authority, school or other establishment, and for anyone interested in learning more about Kerbcraft.

    Official Kerbcraft resources, funded by the Department for Transport, can be found in the Resources Section of this website, and materials developed by Kerbcraft schemes around the country can be found in the Example Materials Section. The Information Section provides a wealth of additional information and advice notes to help with the set up, funding and running of Kerbcraft. The Kerbcraft Pilot Section provides information and evaluation reports on the national pilot of Kerbcraft, which ran from 2002 to 2007.

    The Kerbcraft website has the following available in the resources part of their website, especially useful for schools and teachers. Manual, support pack, video & DVD, as well as documents detailing Class List, Training Schedules, Child Volunteer Allocation List, Volunteer List, Co-ordinator Visit, Session Register, Incident Record…

    http://www.kerbcraft.org/index.htm

    Classroom Warm-Up Activities – Road Safety

    As a follow up to the road network, try the following for classroom warm-up activities. The teacher can choose from the following ideas:

    Traffic Lights, Pelican & Zebra Crossings

  • Red – stop whatever is happening
  • Yellow – walk or jog on the spot
  • Green – walk or jog around the area
  • Pelican Crossing – Standing on the spot flapping their arms like the wings of a bird
  • Lollipop Person – children hold their arm up in the air and say “stop” look around and if it’s safe tell each other to “cross the road”
  • Zebra Crossing – running on the spot as fast as they can (like a galloping zebra)
  • General Road Safety

  • Police Car – Children sit in groups of four and say “be baa be baa” 4 times (other change the numbers to suit number of children present)
  • Fire Engine – Spin around on the spot raising and lowering their arms
  • Right, Left or Stop – pupils change direction according to the command until told to stop
  • Breakdown – lie down and close their eyes (no talking, quiet time)
  • School Bus – children all form a long queue, hands on each others shoulders and walk slowly
  • School Zone – walk slowly looking right and left, stop count to 5 and repeat
  • Please feel free to suggest additional ideas that can be used as part of classroom warm-up activities.

    Children’s Road Safety Video – Glow in the Dark

    Road Safety Video
    Duration: 0:20M
    Animated

    A short road safety video reinforcing the Road Safety aspect.

    Ideal for use both before and after a Safety Scene visit. Use to reinforce some of the road safety messages heard during the visit.

    Tales of the Road – Think!

    Road Safety Video
    Duration: 0:41M
    Animated

    A short road safety video reinforcing the Stop, Look and Listen message. Ideal for use both before and after a Safety Scene visit. Use to reinforce some of the road safety messages heard during the visit.

    Road Safety Video – The Girl Who Didnt Dress Bright

    Road Safety Video
    Duration: 0:31M
    Animated

    Another short video emphasising how young children would be more visible to drivers if young children wore brighter coloured clothing. Ideal for use after a Safety Scene visit. Use to reinforce some of the road safety messages heard during the visit.

    Key Stage 1 – Hedgehogs Road Safety Video

    Hedgehogs Road Safety Campaign.

    Road Safety Video
    Duration: 0:50M
    Animated

    Ideal to get children thinking about road safety messages. Use it after a Safety Scene visit. An excellent way to reinforce some of the road safety messages put into practise during the visit.

    Walk to School

    What is Walk to School AKA WoW?

    WoW is a simple scheme that enables schools and local authorities to promote walking to school throughout the entire school year. Children get badges when they walk at least once a week for a month.

    Walk to School Dates for 2009

  • 24 June 2009 – WoW badge design competition – winners will be announced.
  • 18 – 22 May 2009 – It’s Walk to School Week 2009!
  • 20 March 2009 – Deadline for schools to enter the WoW badge design competition.
  • 23 February 2009 – Schools competition to design WoW badges for 2009/10 will be launched.
  • Walk to School also has sections for children, parents and schools.

    Downloads include publications:

  • Backseat Children Report
  • Safer School Journeys
  • Walk to School Campaign Guide
  • Setting up a WoW Walking Zone – Teachers pack Posters
  • Logos
  • Walk to School is more about healthy children but there is also a Road/Street safety message involved. And links for further resources. Visit the Walk to School website.

    Road Safety Matters – Renault

    Renault Safety Matters

    Renault Safety Matters

    A road safety website from Renault. The website is divided into 3 sections, parents, children & teachers.

    On the website you will find:

  • Downloads
  • Cross-Curriculum Teaching Resources
  • Free Road Safety DVD
  • Lesson Plans
  • Pupil Worksheets
  • Assembly Plans
  • Games
  • A Gallery
  • Facts and Tips…
  • Safety Matters online is a road safety educational site for pupils aged 7-11 years, their teachers and parents.

    Developed by Renault the resources deliver vital road safety messages and support the Curriculum for PSHE/PSD Literacy and Numeracy.

    For further road safety information from Renault