Posts tagged: Teachers

Railway Safety Resource Trackoff

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Trackoff Logo

Trackoff is an educational initiative managed by Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) on behalf of the railway industry. Our main aim is to raise awareness among young people of the dangers and consequences of antisocial behaviour and playing on the railway.

The Trackoff website provides free educational resources to organisations that can spread the message: schools, colleges, youth centres and community groups.

The website has:

  • Activity resources
  • Assembly ideas
  • Booklets and posters
  • Photos and signage
  • Teachers packs which include videos and lesson plans
  • For further info visit the Trackoff website http://www.trackoff.org/

    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/

    Natural England – Places to visit in the UK

    Natural England

    Natural England

    They say

    Natural England’s purpose is to protect and improve England’s natural environment and encourage people to enjoy and get involved in their surroundings.

    Our broad remit means that our reach extends across the country. We work with people such as farmers, town and country planners, researchers and scientists, and the general public on a range of schemes and initiatives.

    Put simply, our aim is to create a better natural environment that covers all of our urban, country and coastal landscapes, along with all of the animals, plants and other organisms that live with us.

    If you are a parent or teacher looking for places to visit in the UK Natural England’s website has a good search facility where you can refine and select the type of place that you would like your children to get to know and understand better.

    Amenities

  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilet
  • Hard Surface Parking
  • Shelter available
  • Surfaced Paths
  • Picnic Area
  • Easy Access
  • Teachers Pack
  • Farm Facts Leaflet
  • Car parking
  • Minibus parking
  • Coach parking
  • Habitats

  • Flower-rich grassland
  • Ponds
  • Wetlands
  • Hedgerows
  • Dry stone walls
  • Heathland
  • Woodlands
  • Intensive grassland
  • Arable
  • Heather Moorland
  • Additional resources include searches for local:

  • Farm visits – Educational Access sites provide opportunities for schools
  • National Nature Reserves
  • Local Nature Reserves
  • Nature on the Map – an interactive site that includes maps of Local and National Nature Reserves and Country Parks
  • As well as national resources i.e Visit a National Nature Reserve.

    The also has additional resources for lessons.

    Find out more about Natural England @ http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/

    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

    Primary Teacher UK Resource

    Primary Teacher UK is an information, news and resources using blog technology for primary teachers in the UK. The PSHE material is primarily Citizenship based although there are some safety aspects within the blog.

    The navigation for categories is near the bottom so you will need to scroll down until you get there. Our link takes you straight to the PSHE category.

    Visit the website for further information

    Google UK for Schools

    Google Logo

    Google Logo

    They say.

    The Google UK Schools Site offers free resources for teachers to help use Google tools in the classroom.

    Working with teachers, we have developed ideas for how Google Search, Maps, Earth, Images and News can be integrated into the curriculum to help bring subjects such as geography, history and citizenship to life.

    Google UK for Schools contains a wealth of ideas and resources and if it is like anything else that Google do will continue to develop into a huge resource. The resources are currently based around geography, history and citizenship (with no real emphasis on the safety aspects, however, over time we expect the safety aspect to develop) including:

  • Lesson plans
  • activity sheets
  • discussion groups
  • Google Earth
  • Google tools
  • Tutorials (for students on how to search well)
  • gadgets for teachers
  • and links to other Google projects for schools
  • For more information on Google UK for Schools

    Edu Blogs – Sign Up for a Free Educational Blog

    If you are looking to create a free educational blog, Edu Blogs claims to be “…the largest education community on the Internet…” current total is 271,024 blogs.

    Blogs are very easy to use. Although the second time we visited the main site there seemed to be server problems with long loading times, so a backup plan might be a good idea. That said it is free so it is unfair to whinge.

    Getting Started with your educational blog

    There are videos about 5 minutes long and between 4-8 MB in size to get you started. Also has a forum with a like minded community varying from experienced to beginner.

    …sign up for a free WordPress-powered blog. http://edublogs.org/

    Kidzone from Cheshire Fire Service

    Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service

    Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service

    For both teachers and firefighters to download and supplement their lessons.

    Kidzone includes:

  • Tests
  • Games
  • Videos
  • Tours of appliances
  • and additional resources
  • www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/kidzone

    Drug Education News

    The website Drug Education News is not a forum in the Internet sense. Read their about statement.

    The Drug Education Forum is the umbrella body for national organisations committed to improving drug education in England.

    The Forum meets at least three times a year and we produce papers and reports that are intended to inform the development of policy and practice for drug education.

    However they are using Word Press (blogging software) and articles have a comment section.

    This blog tries to pick up relevant media and research stories about drug education. It mainly focuses on information in England as this is the geographical remit for the Drug Education Forum. We welcome comments that are on topic.

    Specifically for teachers dealing with the Drugs, Alcohol & Tobacco aspect of PSHE curriculum. Visit their 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