• Activity
  • Walking
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Plan a safe walking route

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

Tell the class to imagine that that a new neighbour has moved in next door to them and has asked for their help to plan a safe route to school for their child.

Discuss with the class what a safe route for a child might involve and might avoid.

Using Google Maps (www.google.com.au/maps) or Google Earth (http://earth.google.com), ask students to find the safest route the new neighbour could use to come to school if walking (or riding).

Discussion questions

  • What were some of the hazards that you avoided on your route?
  • What safety features did you make use of?
  • Were there any particularly dangerous or tricky sections on your route?

Information for teachers

Features that students should consider:

  • any likely hazards on the route – heavy traffic, busy intersections, hills or bends, roads without footpaths, driveways, etc.
  • safety features – pedestrian crossings, underpasses, footbridges, quieter roads, footpaths, etc.
  • major roads or geographic features that may impact on safe travel
  • whether intersections have signals
  • shared walking and cycling paths

Victorian curriculum

Health and PE

Level 3 & 4

Describe and apply strategies that can be used in situations that make them feel uncomfortable or unsafe (VCHPEP090)

Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP091)

Level 5 & 6

Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP108)


Level 3

Create and interpret simple grid maps to show position and pathways (VCMMG143)

Level 4

Use simple scales, legends and directions to interpret information contained in basic maps (VCMMG172)

Level 5

Use a grid reference system to describe locations. Describe routes using landmarks and directional language (VCMMG199)