- Roads, Vehicles & Traffic
Plan a safe walking route
- Health & Physical Education
- 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).
- 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
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)
Create and interpret simple grid maps to show position and pathways (VCMMG143)
Use simple scales, legends and directions to interpret information contained in basic maps (VCMMG172)
Use a grid reference system to describe locations. Describe routes using landmarks and directional language (VCMMG199)