• Activity
  • Walking
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Wide and narrow

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

Using the pictures and videos 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 ‘roads’ that are marked out.

Other students should observe and count how many steps are needed to cross each road.

Talk about how wider roads take longer to cross so we need allow more time.

Video showing wide and narrow roads in a rural location.

Video showing wide and narrow roads in urban locations.

Discussion questions

  • How can you tell if the road is wide or narrow? (One lane, many lanes)?
  • Which of the roads we practised on took longer to cross?
  • Will a wide road or a narrow road take more time to cross?

Information for teacher

Road widths

  • The average road lane width is 3.5 metres, so an average residential street is 7 metres.

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)



Use direct and indirect comparisons to decide which is longer, heavier or holds more, and explain reasoning in everyday language (VCMMG078)

Level 1

Measure and compare the lengths, masses and capacities of pairs of objects using uniform informal units (VCMMG095)

Level 2

Compare and order several shapes and objects based on length, area, volume and capacity using appropriate uniform informal units (VCMMG115)