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Listening skills for road safety

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

Using the book ‘That’s the sound the street makes’ by Danny Katz, discuss the role of listening in being safe when walking on the street.

The hard copy book is also available from the VicRoads Bookshop

Discussion questions

Using the book

  • What were some of the sounds that we heard in the book?
  • Which sounds warned us that there might be something dangerous that we need to look out for?
  • Which sounds helped us to know when it was safe to cross the road?

General discussion about listening and road safety

  • What should we listen out for around traffic?
  • Why is it important to listen when you are around traffic?
  • What does a busy street/road sound like? What sounds can you hear?
  • What does a quiet street/road sound like? What sounds can you hear?
  • Can both busy and quiet streets be dangerous? What dangers are there with both kinds of streets?

Information for teachers

When walking on the street, children should be tuned in to a range of sounds, including instructions from parents or carers, vehicle noise, pedestrian signal beeps, instructions from school crossing supervisors and bicycle warning bells.

Quiet streets can be just as dangerous as busy streets. The presence of vehicles is not as evident so children are likely to forget about safety procedures.

Listening skills form a crucial part of the Stop, Look, Listen, Think (SLLT) procedure:

  • Hold an adult’s hand (for younger children up to 10 years old)
  • Choose a safe place to cross – where you have a good clear view of traffic in all directions and where drivers can see you
  • STOP one step back from the kerb or shoulder of the road if there is no footpath
  • LOOK in all directions for approaching traffic
  • LISTEN for traffic approaching from all directions
  • THINK about whether it is safe to cross the road – when the road is clear or all traffic has stopped
  • Walk straight across the road. Keep LOOKING and LISTENING for traffic while crossing

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)



Share feelings and thoughts about the events and characters in texts (VCELT171)

Level 1

Discuss characters and events in a range of literary texts and share personal responses to these texts, making connections with own experiences(VCELT207)

Level 2

Compare opinions about characters, events and settings in and between texts (VCELT242)