Educators and Mentors have an important role to help children increase their awareness of Road Safety.
This website has been designed seeking to help educators engage children through a range of activities and provide them with key messages to help reduce their risk when crossing roads to and from school.
So how as an Educator/Mentor can you help?
Children’s Crossings are the safest way for a child to cross any road when walking to and from school. Some Children’s Crossings have a Crossing Guard. Crossing Guards work at sites where it has been identified as a high risk for children to cross to and from school. The is usually because of high volumes of traffic and/or other issues such as heavy vehicles or sight distances etc. Children must be encouraged to use Children’s Crossings even if it means walking a little further.
We encourage Educator/Mentors to allow students to access this website during free computer class time, in particular at the beginning of each school term to reinforce the key messages and remind children to “STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK”.
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK:
- STOP back from the kerb.
- LOOK right, LOOK left and LOOK right again.
- LISTEN for cars approaching.
- THINK whether or not it is safe to cross.
- Wait until there is a safe break in the traffic and all is clear to cross.
REINFORCE KEY MESSAGES BY:
- Putting information in the school newsletter of Facebook site
- Chatting to parents about being good role models
- Inviting the Crossing Guard to school assembly
- Promoting or conducting a road safety themed unit of work with your class
There are a number of class activities including colouring in and a quiz, which could be incorporated into class activities. These will not only reinforce the key messages but also can play a role in developing children’s hand-eye coordination and cognitive skills.
We also encourage you to download our Road Safety cartoons for your newsletter. Included are Road Safety articles for your school newsletter or notice board. It’s a good idea to revisit road safety before the next ‘walk to school’ day, walk to the park or athletics or swimming carnival days.
It also imperative for safety at the Children Crossing, that all parents/carers/teachers/visitors are reminded to obey all the parking rules at the school.
Create a Supervisory Mentor Program in your school community. The program is as easy to administer and is just a matter of identifying student mentors, adults and/ or teachers who can remind fellow students the key road safety messages when travelling to and from school. Visit the kids information section for more information.
Resources for Primary Students
VicRoads has produced two new road safety education storybooks for children aged four to eight years, written by renowned Australian author Danny Katz and illustrated by Mitch Vane. Apps, based on the books, are also available.
The storybooks are available as hardcopy books and as engaging apps which are suitable for iPads, iPhones, android tablets and android mobile devices.
The apps are free to download. The hard copy books – Click Clack and That’s the Sound the Street Makes – can be purchased from VicRoads ($7.20 each) on (03) 8391 3255.
Resources for Teachers
Kids on the Move – VicRoads
Kids on the Move is designed with modules and activities aligned to AusVELS to assist primary schools to implement a core road safety education program. There is an Information for Teachers and Schools booklet that provides guidance on using the resources and implementing an effective road safety education program.
Road Safety Matters – Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Government
Road Safety Matters has been developed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads in partnership with the Department of Education and Training. It is a comprehensive curriculum–based education package designed to stimulate discussion and understanding of road safety issues among primary and early secondary students. Road Safety Matters meets current curriculum requirements in Queensland. It aligns with Queensland Studies Authority’s Years 1-9 Health and Physical Education Essential Learnings and provides a range of opportunities for integration with other key learning areas.
Safer Roads – NT
The Safer Roads teacher resources provide teachers with teaching and learning strategies so they can integrate a road safety program in their classroom. These resources are evidence-based and provide an outcome focused on the curriculum to the NT Curriculum Framework and National Curriculum.
Challenges and Choices – School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA)
SDERA’s range of evidence-based drug and road safety education resources for schools and early childhood services can be used to deliver age-appropriate content and key resilience, health and safety messages.
School speed limit signs operate on official school days, usually Monday to Friday during school terms. The speed limit doesn’t apply when the lights are not flashing, on such days as school holidays, weekends and pubic holidays.
School zones usually apply over an area. The 40km/h speed limit applies until you pass an end school zone sign or a speed limit sign, even if you turn into another street.
Don’t go faster than 40km/h within 50 metres of a bus with a school bus warning sign and lights. This includes driving behind or towards a bus.