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Road safety: Stop, look and listen

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By Christine KenworthyEarly Years Teaching Assistant

Promote safety awareness during Road Safety Week 2009 with this fun programme of activities and games

It is estimated that a child is killed or seriously injured on roads in the UK every 18 minutes. With the Government aiming to reduce this figure significantly by 2010, Road Safety Week (23-29 November 2009) is an ideal time to plan activities to encourage road safety awareness. So, why not try out the following ideas based on activities that we developed at Holywell First School in Northumberland? We also invited our local Road Safety Officer into school to talk to our Reception and Year 1 children. They arrived with free badges, stickers, posters and books, making assembly very popular that week!

Learning objectives

Children need to know:

  • what traffic is and that there are many types of traffic
  • that traffic can be dangerous
  • that they should walk on the side of the pavement away from traffic
  • what ‘stop, look and listen’ means
  • that they should hold hands with their carer when crossing the road and should not attempt to cross a road alone
  • that it is important to be visible to other road users
  • that wearing bright clothing (daytime) and reflective clothing (at night) will make them more visible to road users and so help keep them safe
  • that they must always use a child seat/booster when travelling in a vehicle
  • the area around their school and the location of pedestrian crossings.
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