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

How long does it take to cross a road?

Watch videos of pedestrians crossing different types of roads. Using a stopwatch, time how long it takes each person to cross the road. Alternatively, students could observe pedestrians on a group walk.Mark out different widths of ‘roads’in the

Learning areas:
  • Maths
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
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  • Activity
  • Walking
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Plan a safe walking route

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

Learning areas:
  • Maths
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6
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  • Activity
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Safety features of vehicles

Explain how vehicles have safety features which are designed to keep all road users safer.Have a parent helper park their vehicle in the school grounds or somewhere else where it is safe for the class to be able to see the car being driven slowly.

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

Peer influences and developing assertive behaviour

Discuss the concept of assertive communication.Have students role play scenarios involving peer group pressure to participate in unsafe pedestrian behaviour. Explore options available and strategies for managing influences from others to participate

Learning areas:
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6
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  • Activity
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Choices about safety

Using these ‘makes you think’scenarios, ask students to consider what choices they have, what might happen next and how they might deal with the situation.1. You are with your older brother taking your dog for a walk around the block. Your

Learning areas:
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
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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
  • Cycling

Advantages and disadvantages of cycling

Discuss some of the reasons people ride and don’t ride bicycles. Generate a class list of positive and negative things about cycling.Allocate the positive things to half of the class and ask them to design and develop materials promoting the

Learning areas:
  • English
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6
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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:
  • Early Learner
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
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  • Activity
  • Walking
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Group walk – observing features of the road environment

Go on a walk around your local area. Stop along the way at suitable locations and observe various features of the road environment.Things to observe:Types of vehicles using the roadsRoad and footpath featuresSigns and road markingsPossible

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

How effective is safety equipment?

Have students explore the website www.towardszero.vic.gov.au and look at some of the ways cars and roads have changed to make them safer. They should note any features that they could use for their safety device.Divide the students into small groups

Learning areas:
  • Technology
Year levels:
  • Year 5
  • Year 6
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