• Activity
  • Walking
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Group walk – observing features of the road environment

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

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 roads
  • Road and footpath features
  • Signs and road markings
  • Possible hazards
  • Different types of road users (drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, pedestrians, cyclists)
  • Volume of traffic (Have students count how many vehicles travel past them during one minute)

Discussion questions

Volume of traffic

  • Is the road busy or quiet? What makes it busy or quiet? (Relate this back to the number of vehicles they counted in one minute.)
  • Which vehicles are coming toward us and which are going away from us? How can we tell?
  • Which vehicles are going fast and which are going slow? How do we know?
  • When vehicles are going fast, do they get to us sooner than those that go slower?

Signs and road markings

  • What do the signs and road markings direct people to do?
  • Who are the signs and road markings for? (e.g. pedestrians, cyclists or drivers)
  • Where are they located and why might they be here?
  • Discuss the shape, colour, words and numbers on the road signs and markings.


  • How can pedestrians tell if a vehicle is coming out of the driveway? (e.g. listen for sounds, look for clues such as exhaust emissions, reversing lights or beeps from trucks).

Information for teachers

Group walk procedure

Students should walk in pairs on the side of the footpath away from the road. Younger children should hold hands and all children should maintain their place in line. They should be instructed to stop when directed. They should also stop at driveways or lanes intersecting the footpath and wait for the teacher’s or another adult’s instruction.

Each pair should experience leading the group. Teachers should invite the leaders to ‘help’ make the decision about when and where to cross.

To make sure that the group walk is done safely, it is likely that the assistance of parents/carers and other school staff will be needed. Parent/carer helpers should be briefed before the group walk to ensure that they have a clear understanding of their role.

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)