• Activity
  • Walking
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

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

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

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 behind – to see if any traffic is coming. Here comes a car, so I will wait until it goes past. Then I will look again...”

Have students rehearse the Stop, Look, Listen, Think procedure and provide them with feedback.

In small groups of 3 or 4, have students take it in turn to guide and critique each other in using the Stop, Look, Listen, Think procedure.

Take the class out to the children’s crossing and, with the school crossing supervisor, rehearse the process for using the crossing. Reinforce the importance of still using the Stop, Look, Listen, Think procedure.

Explain that:

  • even when using the children’s crossing with the help of the supervisor they should make sure that they use the Stop, Look, Listen, Think procedure
  • cars only need to stop when the flags are displayed. At other times when there are no flags it is not a crossing.

Discuss why it is important to hold the hand of an adult when walking near roads and traffic.

Using the ‘Crossing the road’ worksheet, ask students to draw and write about what they need to

Discussion questions

Stop, Look, Listen, Think

  • Where do you need to stop?
  • What do you need to look for?
  • How can we make sure that we can see the traffic?
  • What sounds should we be listening for?
  • What do we need to think about before and while we are crossing the road?
  • What should we be doing while we are crossing the road?

Holding hands with an adult

  • Why should you hold the hand of an adult?   (Children might become distracted; children are small and this makes it   difficult for them to see traffic, and for drivers to see them; adults have   more experience and know where danger can come from and where is the best place to cross; adults are responsible for children’s safety.)
  • Why is it dangerous when walking in a car park? (No designated pathway for pedestrians; difficult for reversing drivers to see everything; vehicles have ‘blind spots’.)

Information for teachers

Stop, Look, Listen, Think (SLLT) procedure:

  • Hold an adult’s hand (for children up to 10   years old)
  • Choose   a safe place to cross – where you have a good clear view of traffic in all   directions and where drivers can see you
  • STOP one step back from the kerb or shoulder of the road if there is no footpath
  • LOOK in all directions for approaching traffic
  • LISTEN for traffic approaching from all directions
  • THINK about whether it is safe to cross the road – when the road is clear or all   traffic has stopped
  • Walk straight across the road. Keep LOOKING   and LISTENING for traffic while crossing

Children’s crossing procedure:

  • STOP and wait a step back from the kerb
  • LOOK in all directions
  • LISTEN for traffic sounds
  • WAIT for traffic to stop (and for the crossing supervisor – if there is one – to   indicate it is safe, for example, by blowing a whistle) before stepping onto   the crossing
  • Make   eye contact with the nearest drivers
  • Once traffic has stopped (and the crossing   supervisor has waved you onto the road), WALK across between the marked lines
  • Keep LOOKING, LISTENING and THINKING as you walk straight across to the other side.

Victorian curriculum

Health and PE


Identify people and actions that help keep themselves safe and healthy (VCHPEP059)

Identify actions that promote health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP062)

Level 1 & 2

Recognise situations and opportunities to promote their own health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP074)