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Pedestrian crossings and their features

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

Using the videos of different types of 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.

Video of pedestrians crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing.

Video of pedestrians crossing the road at a school crossing.

Video of pedestrians crossing the road at a zebra crossing.

Video of pedestrians crossing the road at an intersection.

Video identifying different types of pedestrian crossings and their features.

Discussion questions

  • What makes crossings different from each other? (e.g. some have lights, gates, lines on the road, crossing supervisors   or flags.)
  • Where might pedestrian crossings be located? (e.g. outside schools, near shops, at railway lines.)
  • Which of these crossings are in our local area?
  • Where do vehicles come to a stop when at a crossing?
  • Do vehicles always stop at pedestrian crossings? (No, even though they are meant to.) What can this mean for pedestrian safety?

Information for teachers

Types of crossings include:

  • Children’s crossings (These only operate when flags are displayed. They are often supervised. Pedestrians need to walk within the lines.)
  • Pedestrian crossings (Crossings with lights where you push a button. Remind students that pedestrians must walk within the lines at the crossing.)
  • Zebra crossings (Crossings with painted thick white lines on the road, usually with ‘walking legs’ signs and sometimes amber flashing lights. Vehicles are meant to give way to pedestrians at these crossings.)
  • Railway crossings (At controlled crossings, bells and lights operate to signal that a train is coming. Students must wait until the bells and lights have stopped and the boom gate is open, if there is one, before they can cross.)

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)