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
  • 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
Year levels:
  • Year 5
  • Year 6
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  • Activity
  • Walking
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Wide and narrow

Using 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:
  • Early Learner
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
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  • Activity
  • Walking

Organisations that promote walking and pedestrian safety

Have students do online research into two Australian organisations that encourage walking and acknowledge pedestrian safety.Direct students to find:Details of the organisation, such as membership, aims and objectivesSpecific issues being addressed

Learning areas:
  • English
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6
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  • Activity
  • Public Transport

Beliefs about public transport

In small groups, have students develop and conduct a survey about public transport use.The survey should investigate attitudes to using public transport, as well as travel-related behaviours and their consequences. Possible elements to include in

Learning areas:
  • English
Year levels:
  • Year 5
  • Year 6
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  • Activity
  • Public Transport

Safety advice for travelling on trains and trams

Compile a class list of passenger behaviours that students have heard about or experienced themselves when travelling on a train or tram, including while waiting at the station or stop. Focus on those that are either inappropriate, likely to result

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  • Activity
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Can drivers see me?

Have students measure their height and compare it to the height of the bonnet, boot and window of a car. They could measure their car at home or a car at school, if possible.Compare the height of the bonnet, boot and window of different cars e.g.

Learning areas:
  • Maths
Year levels:
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
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  • 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:
  • Early Learner
  • 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:
  • Early Learner
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
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  • Activity
  • Public Transport

Costs of using cars

In small groups, students should become ‘experts’to investigate the various costs of cars to the community and the environment. Give each group an investigation task listed below. They are to discuss and design their research task and decide how

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

Pedestrian crossings and their features

Using pictures of different types of pedestrian crossings, discuss the features of each of the pedestrian crossings. Ask students to think about where the crossings might be found and if they have noticed any in the local neighbourhood.You can watch

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