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BEEP! Day Lesson Ideas For All Kids

 

As teachers we all know the importance of promoting road safety and awareness in our students. Organising a Beep Beep! day is a perfect way of showing children all they need to know about road safety, as pedestrians, and as future drivers.

Beep Beep! Day is organised by Brake, the UK charity working "to stop road deaths and injuries by campaigning for safer roads", supporting the victims of road crashes, and raising awareness about road safety and transport options. Beep Beep! Days will be held on or around the 27th of June and the 21st of November this year, but you can choose the right day for yourself, your class, and your school.

Brake provides a downloadable resource full of activities to print out and photocopy across your class. There is also the option of applying for a bumper pack, which adds even more resources, at a slight cost, which goes back into the charity. Your bumper pack will be sent two weeks before your event, so make sure to book well in advance!

Although the bigger focus of Beep Beep! Day is on children aged 5-10, who are more likely to put road safety skills to use, there are ways of engaging with students of all ages and skill levels.

Beep Beeper

These children have not had a Beep Beep! Day before; had their last road safety day over three years ago; or were under the age of 5, or non-native speakers of English last year.

Key skills:

  • Red, Amber, Green. Identifying different colours and what they mean.
  • Using all senses. Listen for sounds, look for cars and lights, check timers, etc.
  • Zebra and Pelican crossings. What the difference between them is, and how to use them properly.
  • Don't cross alone! Never cross a road without an adult.
  • Vehicle awareness. Even if you are not crossing the road, learn to look for cars, vans, trucks, and motorbikes. Learn their sounds, and what it looks like when they lose control.

Lesson Idea: Role-play being out and about. Have some kids be cars, and others be pedestrians, marked out by coloured shirts. Encourage kids to wait patiently by crossings until the lights change, the vehicles stop, and a teacher guides them across.

 

Road Safety Crossing

 

Sargent

These children have had a few Beep Beep! Days, or are five or six years old and grew up with strong road safety values.

 

Key skills:

  • Red, Amber, Green. A reminder of what the colours mean.
  • Zebra and Pelican crossings. A reminder of what the differences between them are, as well as how to cross when one is not present.
  • Vehicle awareness. Even if you are not crossing the road, learn to look for cars, vans, trucks, and motorbikes. Learn their sounds, and what it looks like when they lose control.
  • Playing outside. How to keep an eye on goings-on as you play in your front garden or drive, and why to avoid playing on pavements.
  • Bicycle safety. The importance of being careful when cycling. Why, at their age, they should cycle on pavements and in parks, not on roads.

 

Lesson Idea: Create flash cards of good versus bad road safety habits. Ask your class to identify good vs bad habits and explain them.

 

Professor

These children are aged 9 or above, and have had road safety days for at least two or three years. They are keenly aware of the rules of the pavement and road, and could benefit from deeper knowledge.

 

Key skills:

  • Vehicle awareness. Learn to look for vehicles, and learn how vehicles might move differently on different types of road.
  • Playing outside. How to keep an eye out when you're playing away from your home.
  • Unfamiliar places. Being road-safe in a new area.
  • Bicycle safety. The importance of cycling carefully, and the rules of the road for cyclists.
  • Public transport options. Safe options for getting around when it may be unsafe to walk or cycle.:

Lesson Idea: Split your class into groups of 3 or 4, and ask them to create and act out a sketch highlighting a road safety lesson.

Tutee

These children are aged 14 and above, and may be looking at getting their driver's licence in a few years. They need to take what they have learned from Beep Beep! Day and apply it to both sides of the pavement!

Key skills:

  • Vehicle awareness. How to spot different vehicles on and off the road.
  • Pedestrian and cyclist awareness. Just because they're small doesn't mean you should ignore them!
  • Public transport options. Driving is not for everyone. Until your students are ready, inform them about the types of public transport available to them.
  • Identifying road signs. Road signs are a major hiccough when it comes to learning to drive. Give them a head start in identifying road signs.
  • "Never once OK." These children are the drivers of the future. Make sure they understand that you do not break the laws of the road, not even "just once", not even if they see someone else doing it!

Lesson Idea: Use flash cards and toy cars to go through some typical driving exam questions. Make sure they understand different situations from the perspective of the pedestrian, and of the driver.

The important thing to remember when organising a Beep Beep! Day is that the essential skills are the most valuable. If you are not sure whether your kids have the basic skills they need, such as knowing how to cross at a pelican crossing, start with that.

But the biggest value of Beep Beep! Day is when we apply it to everyday activities. Make sure to remind children of their Beep Beep! lessons when they go for outings, or talk about their parents' and relatives' driving habits. Good road safety is a lesson children continually learn, not a one-off class!

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