Educator activities 2017
Road Safety Week wouldn't be the same without the passionate participation of thousands of schools, educators, parents and children! We love to see so many enthusiastic people raising awareness about road safety, with some really creative activities and events. Thank you to everyone who used the Week not just to raise awareness, but also to raise funds for Brake's life-saving work - we will put every penny to good use!
Coppice School in Doncaster got involved with Road Safety Week by providing an afternoon full of events for the pupils. They were visited by members of the local Safer Roads Partnership, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport team and Bikeability team, who showed them how to be safe on their bikes.
The children took part in different classroom activities, a march in front of the school with our Speed Down Save Lives hands to raise awareness of road safety and a poster competition.
Hexham Children’s Centre in Northumberland had a busy Beep Beep! Day during Road Safety Week 2017 by incorporating activities within their ‘learning together through play’ session. The children, with help from their grown-up, made traffic light sandwiches and created collage car pictures. They played a game with playdough, matching red, yellow and green to traffic light pictures to identify when they need to stop and when it’s safe to cross the road with an adult. Their neighbourhood police officer also paid a visit and brought along a police van for the children to explore. The children centre made sure adults got involved with the event too, so they understood how they can help keep children safe on our roads.
The children at Lasswade Primary School in Bonnyrigg, Scotland, loved their Beep Beep! Day event during Road Safety Week. They took part in lots of different activities including making great use of our bumper pack of resources. The children learned about the importance of holding hands with an adult when crossing the road and used our hand print poster to create colourful artwork. The nursery children took their hand print posters, certificates and stickers home with them, to help raise awareness to their grown-ups.
Manor Road School in Chorley launched the Week with a Road Safety Assembly for pupils, residents and councillors. The children teamed up to help each other learn about being safe on the roads, including using the Green Cross Code, how stopping distances work and the new car seat laws, which they shared with parents. School governor and NIS health and safety officer Richard Taffs gave a talk and donated a road safety plegde banner. The children also learned songs, wrote persuasive letters to encourage safe parking, created a road safety quiz for parents, designed road safety leaflets, and ran a Bright Day to raise money for Brake.
Orchard Vale Community School in Barnstaple did lots of great work to help get road safety messages home to parents. The school promoted Road Safety Week in its newsletters and on social media. Teachers gave each child a hand book to take home to show parents. They also invited the local PCSO in to school, who worked alongside the children to spot speeding drivers with a speed gun. In lessons, they used our action pack resources and discussed the importance of drivers keeping their Speed Down.
Powell’s Church of England Primary School in Gloucester organised activities for six classes of children, aged 5-7 years old. The children had an assembly to introduce the Week and learn about the theme of Speed Down Save Lives, which they talked more about in class.
They also launched a road saftety poster competition, with a winner from each class being chosen at the end of the Week to receive prizes, including a snap band and pencil, pictured right.
At Stanley Primary School, the pupils were visited by staff from charity Living Streets, who talked to the children about road safety and the important message of Speed Down Save Lives. The children also took part in a traffic survey, talked about road safety in assemblies, pictured left, and held a dress down day where they came in to school dressed in bright clothes.
The whole school took part in a walking bus to raise awareness of road safety in the local community too. The children designed posters in class, which they took out on the walk to deliver road safety messages to parents and the community.
Tresham College in Kettering had a busy week, with students raising awareness of road safety. They used the giant selfie hands and made their own signs to tell drivers to keep their Speed Down in their community. They also used the Week to raise awareness of other key messages from the Brake pledge. They gave out leaflets to students and teachers who drive to college to raise awareness about the dangers on the roads and how they can reduce the risk of a crash.
Wainstalls School in Halifax got each class to take a took at a specific activity from their Travel Action Plan to work on. Class 6 looked at safe places to park and ways to reduce congestion outside school. Class 5 completed a traffic survey.
Class 4 designed Parking Promises. Class 3 made posters about stopping distances. Class 2 designed posters to promote safe driving through the village. And the young children in Class 1 and Reception learned how to keep safe while walking to school with an adult.
Wardie Primary School in Edinburgh got all pupils and staff involved with this year's Road Safety Week. The children talked about road safety in assembly by using our pre-prepared slides from the action pack. They used our lesson plans and made a road safety display. Staff promoted the Week in newsletters to highlight the important messages to parents. The citizenship group also presented an assembly to the whole school, pictured right, to ensure everyone knew about the possible dangers on the roads and what adults need to do to keep us all safe.