Primary School

As a child enters their primary school years, pedestrian and passenger safety as well as continued role modelling of positive road safety behaviour is key to their development as safe road users. In the later primary school years as children begin to transition to secondary school, road safety education messages begin to explore pedestrian, public transport and cycling safety as independent travellers.

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Learning areas
Primary year levels
  • Activity
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Types of vehicles

Show students pictures of different vehicles. Discuss the meaning of vehicles and traffic.Brainstorm the different types of vehicles that students saw in the pictures (cars, trucks, buses, vans, trains, trams, bicycles, motorcycles).Ask each student

Learning areas:
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Prep
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
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  • Activity
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Road safety hazards

Explain that road safety hazards are things on or near the road that could put us at risk of being hurt.Using pictures, ask students to identify some examples of road safety hazards.Organise the class into small groups and allocate them one of the

Learning areas:
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Prep
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
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  • Activity
  • Walking
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Modelling and practising ‘Stop, Look, Listen, Think’ to cross the road safely

Take the class to an open area with a ‘road’and ‘footpath’marked out, and model the Stop, Look, Listen, Think procedure.Say out loud what you are doing. For example: “I have stopped at the kerb. Now I am looking in every direction – even

Learning areas:
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Early Learner
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
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  • Activity
  • Cycling

Plan a ride

Using the VicRoads walking and cycling maps (https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/traffic-and-road-use/cycling/bicycle-route-maps), Google Maps (www.google.com.au/maps), Google Earth (earth.google.com), have students identify places in their local area

Learning areas:
  • English
  • Maths
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Year 5
  • Year 6
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  • Activity
  • Walking
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Safe and unsafe places to cross the road

Talk about how to decide where the safest place is to cross a road.Show students pictures of different roads and ask them to identify the safest place to cross. This could also be done during a group walk. Download Hi-Res Download Hi-Res Download

Learning areas:
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Prep
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
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  • Activity
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Near and far, fast and slow, towards and away

Using pictures of vehicles, explain the concepts of near/far, fast/slow, towards/away.Line up three or four students who are the same height. Have them stand close together to show the class that they are the same height. Next, position them at

Learning areas:
  • Maths
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Prep
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
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  • Activity
  • Cycling

Design the perfect bike helmet

Use pictures of different helmets to discuss safety standards around helmets. If possible, have a few examples of helmets to inspect, which could be brought to the class by students.Have students design and make a prototype of their ideal

Learning areas:
  • English
  • Science
  • The Arts
  • Technology
Year levels:
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6
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  • Activity
  • Passenger Safety

Being a responsible car passenger

Seat belts and restraintsDiscuss different types of seat belts and restraints using the pictures below.Set up a small experiment with a toy car and a doll that fits into the car. Get the class to predict what might happen if the car ran into an

Learning areas:
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Prep
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
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  • Activity
  • Walking
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Wide and narrow

Using the pictures of different roads, discuss the concepts of ‘wide’and ‘narrow’.Mark out different widths of ‘roads’in the school grounds to practise crossing.Individually in turn, or in small groups, have the students cross the

Learning areas:
  • Maths
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Prep
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
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  • Activity
  • Walking

Profiling the responsible pedestrian

Brainstorm what is meant by ‘acting responsibly’when walking.Remind the class that pedestrians are one of many different types of road users. Sometimes the actions of pedestrians affect the safety of other road users.Invite the class to look at

Learning areas:
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6
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