Key stage 1 lesson ideas

Use the below ideas to get you started in conjunction with the Department for Transport’s education website which contains great resources for whiteboards. 

In literacy, expand children’s road safety vocabulary to include words like pedestrian, zebra crossing, kerb, while talking about road safety.

In science or numeracy, measure your children’s height and weigh them. Then talk to them about how they are small, and traffic is big. Because they are small they find it difficult to see traffic. Because they are small they have to be in a special seat in their car. Photocopy our Letter to send home to parents and fill in the blanks with the children’s height and weight, then put it in children’s ‘book bags’ so they can talk about road safety with their parents when they get home.

Discuss. Give the children scenarios to consider. For example, ‘Ahmed’s ball is in the road because he threw it over the fence by accident. What should he do now?’ or ‘Where is a safe place to play? Let’s name some around here.’

Draw or paint posters of people on pavements holding hands and vehicles on roads. Discuss how holding hands keeps children safe. Write road safety slogans for the posters and display them where parents will see them.

Paint an ambulance in its bright colours. Discuss why it is painted brightly - so people can see it coming, very fast. Discuss, with appropriate sensitivity, how the ambulance could be carrying someone to hospital who has been hurt on the road. You can make sure this isn’t you by staying away from the road.

Experiment with wheels. In your largest room, send a large toy truck racing across the floor. Meanwhile, a child walks sensibly in the same direction. The truck is much faster because it is on wheels. Wheels are fast, and traffic can get to you fast, much faster than you think. A car or truck might look a long way away but it can get to you fast and hit you hard.

Do a seat belt experiment. Belt up a small teddy into a toy car using ribbon. Put another teddy in another toy car without a seat belt. Carry out experiments using slopes and obstacles to demonstrate that the teddy who doesn’t wear a seat belt can fall out and get hurt.

Look at a lorry or bus/coach. Arrange for a local company to bring a vehicle to school and park it somewhere safe where children can walk around it in safety and sit in the cab (with an adult supervising at all times). Explain about blind spots. When can’t the driver see you? Never stand near a lorry or a bus/coach.

Sing a road safety song with actions using the words stop, go, pavement and hold hands. You could invent new verses to ‘Wheels on the bus’ such as ‘The children and the grown ups all hold hands, all hold hands, all hold hands’.etc.

Listen to some road noises you have recorded in advance. Eg. an ambulance, car, pelican crossing. What are they? Can the children tell? Listen out for noises on roads; it can warn you that traffic is coming.

Bake for Brake! Follow this yummy traffic-light biscuit recipe and use it to talk about the colours of traffic lights and what they mean. Red means stop, green means go - always wait till you see the green man at a pelican crossing.