Free primary school road safety visit

RACV Street Scene program is a road safety program for Victorian primary school students from Prep to Grade Six.

Schools can book a visit by an RACV traffic safety educator to conduct a program that best suits the local road safety needs of the school and the respective units of study for a particular class or year.

Session themes include:

  • Passenger safety
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Bicycle safety
  • Public transport safety

Each school visited will receive resources that provide links from the Victorian curriculum and a range of integrated teaching ideas and activities.

Each school is able to book one day per year with up to six sessions delivered per school visit.

Each session lasts 45 minutes and caters to a maximum of 30 students per session.

  • All sessions and the resources are free of charge.

Teacher classroom activities by theme

Bicycle Safety

Foundation, Year One, Year Two

Write a story and draw a picture about you and your family behaving safely while riding a bike or using a scooter (e.g. wearing a helmet on a bike/scooter)

Foundation, English- Writing (VCELY160)

Whole class Digital Technologies activity: collect data on the types of wheeled recreational devices that students in the class use (e.g. bikes, scooters, skateboards). Enter the data into a spread sheet and create a chart.

Foundation, Level 1 & 2, Digital Technologies (VCDTDI015)

Foundation, Level 1 & 2, Mathematics- Statistics and Probability (VCMSP084, VCMSP085, VCSMP102, VCSMP128)

Make a short oral presentation about the importance of bike safety. Topic ideas – The benefits of wearing a helmet while riding your scooter/bike, checking that your bike is in a good condition to ride, how to check your helmet fits.

Foundation, Level 1 & 2 English- Speaking and Listening (VCELY175, VCELY211, VCELY245)

Write a list of all the bike safety rules the class know.

Foundation, Level 1 & 2 Health and Physical Education (VCHPEP062, VCHPEP074)

 

Year Three and Four

Design a helmet for cycling with a focus on features such as: material, colour, strap, size, safety and comfort. (Use bike helmet video for inspiration)

Level 3 & 4, Design and Technologies (VCDSCD029)

Create an advertisement to encourage your school mates to wear helmets while riding their bicycles, scooters or skateboards. This could be a poster, webpage or video clip.

Level 3 & 4, Media Arts (VCAMAP027)

Whole class activity: survey the class and ask them five bike safety questions, e.g. ‘What type of footwear do you use when riding your bike?’; ‘How often to you check the fit of your helmet?’, ‘Do you wear a helmet riding your scooter?’ and construct a data display of the results, e.g. table, column graph, picture graph.

Level 3 & 4, Mathematics- Statistics and Probability (VCMSP149, VCMSP150, VCSMP178, VCSMP179)

 

Year Five and Six

Design a bicycle or scooter storage unit for your school. Think about location, size and security.

Level 5 & 6, Design and Technologies (VCDSCD039)

Design a bicycle or scooter of the future, with added safety features for both the rider and the machine, e.g. airbags.

Level 5 & 6, Design and Technologies (VCDSCD039)

Research a current road law for cyclists. Explain why we have the law, who the law affects and whether it should be changed.

Level 5 & 6, Humanities- Civics and Citizenship (VCCCL013)

Have a class discussion, devising strategies for dealing with situations that are unsafe or risky for cyclists in the road environment.

Level 5 & 6 Health and Physical Education (VCHPEP107, VCHPEP108, VCHPEP112)

Pedestrian Safety

Foundation, Year One, Year Two

Go for a class walk. Before going on the walk:

– role-play safe ways to walk near the road environment, practise Stop, Look, Listen and Think, holding hands and using the pedestrian crossings

– create a checklist about what you might see in the road environment e.g. road signs,

crossings, people walking on the footpath, cars going in and out of driveways.

Foundation, Level 1 & 2 Health and Physical Education (VCHPEP059, VCHPEP062, VCHPEP073 VCHPEP074)

Create a traffic collage using photos taken from the class walk.

Foundation, Level 1 & 2, The Arts- Visual Arts (VCAVAP019, VCAVAP023)

Build a model of the street your school is on, including road signs, pedestrian

crossings, car parking, safe places to walk, etc.

Foundation, Level 1 and Level 2, Geography (VCGGC061)

Perform a role-play of someone who helps keep you safe on the roads (e.g. the crossing supervisor).

Foundation, Level 1 & 2, Personal and Social Capability (VCPSCSO006, VPSCSO014)

Write a story and draw a picture about you and your family behaving safely around roads (e.g.  using a school crossing).

Foundation, English- Writing (VCELY160)

Write a short story explaining your journey to school and the things you do to stay safe as a pedestrian (e.g. holding hands with an adult while crossing the road).

Level 1 & 2 English- Writing (VCELY194, VCELY230)

 

Year Three and Four

Compose a poem, song or rap to persuade others to be safe pedestrians.

Level 3 & 4 English- Writing (VCELY266, VCELY299)

Create a checklist of all the pedestrian safety features around the school or on your journey

to school, e.g. children’s crossing, pedestrian lights, crossing supervisor, zebra crossing, walking tracks.

Level 3 & 4 Health and Physical Education (VCHPEP090 VCHPEP091)

Think about, and then draw, speech bubbles about what you would say if your friends wanted you to do something that wasn’t safe when you were going for a walk, e.g. run across the road.

Level 3 & 4, Personal and Social Capability (VCPSCSO024)

 

Year Five and Six

Write a children’s story or rewrite a fairy tale to talk about how to be a safe pedestrian, e.g. have the Gingerbread Man wearing bright clothes and using pedestrian crossings. Share the stories with a younger audience.

Level 5 & 6, English- Writing (VCELT328, VCELT356)

Draw a map to show how you walk from home to school (or another place you go to often). Mark on your map any road safety features or issues, such as a pedestrian crossing you use or a busy road you don’t use. Don’t forget to include a title, scale, orientation and legend.

Level 5 & 6, Humanities-Geography (VCGGC089)

Passenger Safety

Foundation, Year One, Year Two

Brainstorm ways in which people are safe passengers. Create a list together as a class, or write a story together about someone who is safe on the bus. “We are safe on the bus when we…”

Foundation, Level 1 & 2 Health and Physical Education (VCHPEP062,VCHPEP074

Write a story and draw a picture about you and your family behaving safely in the car (e.g.

sitting in a booster seat).

Foundation, English- Writing (VCELY160)

Using a known song or chant, create an interpretation that focuses on passenger safety.

Level 2 English- Speaking and Listening (VCELT243)

Write a short story explaining your journey to school and the things you do to stay safe as a passenger.

Level 1 & 2 English- Writing (VCELY194, VCELY230)

 

Year Three and Four

Hold a passenger safety class debate. Topic ideas: ‘It is safe to sit in the front seat if

I’m over 7 years old’; ‘Booster seats are only for little kids’, ‘Passengers need to help the driver to drive safely’.

Level 3 & 4, English- Speaking and Listening (VCELY276, VCELY308)

Design a road sign for near your school or house and label its features. Remember the colour of the sign is important. Red –important information; yellow – warning; green – directions and information; blue – names of places or areas of special interest, e.g. a lookout.

Level 3 & 4, Design and Technologies, (VCDSCD029)

 

Year Five and Six

Investigate car safety technology and explain how it works, what problem it solves and how it directly affects people’s lives, e.g. airbags, seatbelts, car seats, auto emergency braking.

Level 5 & 6, Design and Technologies (VCDSTC034)

As a class, write a newsletter insert or parent brochure outlining passenger safety messages relevant to your school and community. Think about being a passenger in a car or school bus, wearing seatbelts, safe behaviours etc.

Level 5 & 6, English- Writing (VCELY329, VCELY358)

Public Transport Safety

Foundation, Year One, Year Two

Brainstorm ways in which people are safe bus passengers. Create a list together as a class, or write a story together about someone who is safe on the bus. “We are safe on the bus when we…”

Foundation, Level 1 & 2 Health and Physical Education (VCHPEP062, VCHPEP074)

With your group, act out how to be safe at the train station or the bus stop.

Foundation, Level 1 & 2 Health and Physical Education (VCHPEP062, VCHPEP074)

 

Year Three and Four

Develop a ‘Plus, Minus, Interesting’ graphic organiser about Public Transport.

Level 3 & 4, Critical and Creative Thinking (VCCCTRO14)

Create a list of advantages and disadvantages for both public transport and private motor vehicle.

Level 3 & 4, Critical and Creative Thinking (VCCCTRO14)

 

Year Five and Six

Hold a class debate about Public Transport eg. Safe vs Unsafe, Efficient vs Reliable, Expensive vs Good Value.

Level 5 & 6, Critical and Creative Thinking (VCCCTRO25)

Complete a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) Analysis about Public Transport.

Level 5 & 6, Critical and Creative Thinking (VCCCTRO25)

Use the Public Transport Victoria ‘Journey Planner’ website to plan a trip from home to a landmark in the city.

Level 5 & 6 Health and Physical Education (VCHPEP108)

School Drop Off Zone Safety

Foundation, Year One, Year Two

Explain to a friend, the things that you could do, to help you use the School Drop Off Zone more safely.

Foundation, Level 1 &2, English (VCELA167, VCELA202)

Draw a picture of your School Drop Off Zone. Label different parts of the picture (e.g. Where the supervising teacher stands, where students should get out of their cars, where drivers should stop their cars etc).

Foundation, Level 1 &2, English (VCDSTS013)

 

Year Three and Four

Write a procedural text for the school newsletter, website or social media platforms, explaining how to use the School Drop Off Zone correctly and safely.

Level 3 & 4, English- Writing (VCELY267, VCELY300)

In a small group, work together to change the words to a common song and make up a dance routine about using the School Drop Off Zone safely. Ask if you can perform at assembly!

Level 3 & 4, Dance (VCADAP027)

 

Year Five and Six

Write an explanation text for the parents at your school, explaining the different signs around your School Drop Off Zone (e.g. No Stopping Sign, 2 Minute Parking Sign, No Parking Sign).

Level 5 & 6, English- Writing (VCELY329, VCELY358)

Design a new student drop off system for your school. Include a map of your school, showing where it would be situated, as well as a brief explanation of how it would work. The drop off zone may be close to your school, or it may be ‘Park and Walk’ system, further away from the school. Consider who should use it, why it would improve student safety and what the drivers of cars would need to do.

Level 5 & 6, Critical and Creative Thinking (VCCCTQ022)