THINK! EDUCATION

Think! Education


The resources

Video stories

To make an impact for this age group, each theme begins with an activity based around a short video clip. The video clips can be found in the over 7s pupils’ area of the website. This use of narrative as a hook to help pupils relate to, remember and understand key road safety messages is vitally important and so it is suggested that the videos are used as introductions to each theme.

The films use child actors who narrate their own story, with each one portraying a 9–11 year-old who has been involved in a road collision and is now at home with significant injuries. There is no depiction of the collision or horrific injuries but rather the emphasis is on portraying consequences that children can relate to of unsafe behaviour on roads: in each case the character is left unable to do something that’s important to them or enjoy the normal activities that children take for granted.

The children in the videos reflect the target age group and a range of different ethnic / cultural backgrounds (two girls, two boys), along with a variety of settings. The audience will be able to relate to both the characters and the situations in which they find themselves.

The video stories will present a strong starting point for the four themes and will stimulate plenty of discussion. They can also be re-watched at any time by children at home via the website, as well as by parents. The stories will also act as a reference point for the rest of the activities – different aspects of each theme can be related to the characters and situations featured.

You can access all the videos in the "Watch" section of the Over 7s Pupils' area.

Online games

For each theme there is also an accompanying interactive online activity in the form of a Flash game. The aim of these games is to introduce and reinforce road safety knowledge in a fun way which motivates children to learn. Each game is presented as a simple challenge which can be completed by an individual or small group. The games can be introduced to the class using a projector and digital whiteboard, although this is not essential as they will be easy for children to grasp quickly.

The games are an excellent way to involve children who might not respond well to traditional activities such as talks, written exercises and worksheets. They can also be used as an incentive to complete other tasks, although it is recommended that all children have an opportunity to play them at least once throughout the project. Typically, each game can be played by an individual child at a computer in 5–10 minutes but it is suggested that rotating groups of three at a workstation may be an effective way to organise learning, particularly if a computer suite is not available.

You can access all the games in the "Play" section of the Over 7s Pupils' area.

Tales of the Road

It will be useful to each pupil to have access to a copy of the Tales of the Road booklet throughout this work. This “highway code” for young road users will act as a very useful reference point for learning during other work. It is also recommended that children have an opportunity to sit quietly and read through the booklet, followed by time to ask questions about any part of it they do not understand. The booklet covers in detail all of the main aspects of road safety relevant to this age group, including some that are not dealt with in this resource. You can order free copies of Tales of the Road from the teachers’ catalogue.

Alternatively, you can download the booklet from the over 7s pupils’ area of the THINK! Education website.

Activities

In addition to a video introduction and game, each theme has two or three classroom activities plus extension tasks, outlined with detailed teaching notes below. The emphasis here is on practical ways to learn wherever possible, and the use of drama to make road safety an enjoyable interactive topic. At least two downloadable PDF activity sheets are also provided for each theme to accompany the activities and extend learning, although none of the activities rely on these.

This is very much a cross-curricular resource, with a core of PSHE and Citizenship learning materials. Full curriculum links are provided for each activity to assist with planning. It is also part of an integrated approach to road safety education across all age groups, and therefore builds on what has been taught at ages 3–5 and 5–7.

The resource is designed to be used flexibly by teachers who want to use parts of it in different ways. None of the activities need to follow on from previous ones and all can be used independently and easily adapted to meet the needs of a particular group of children. Rather than forming a series of lessons, the classroom materials complement each other in driving home the central safety messages (which are all contained in the Tales of the Road booklet for reference).

Differentiation is provided through the range and type of activities, with some more suitable for younger or less able pupils and others aimed at older and higher ability groups. In each case learning objectives, details of materials required and extension ideas are provided along with curriculum information.

You can find all the activity notes and individual accompanying activity sheets in the Lesson ideas section of the upper primary teachers' area. The activity sheets can be found as a set in the "Do" section of the Over 7s Pupils' area.