Nov. 10, 2020
Every year, thousands of schools, nurseries, colleges, community groups and organisations work together during the UK's biggest road safety event, raising awareness about road safety and helping save lives. Road Safety Week, run and organised by Brake the road safety charity, is the ideal time to run road safety lessons and assemblies or launch a campaign for safer local streets.
Road crashes are one of the biggest causes of death and serious injury among children and young people. Dangerous roads also affect their ability to walk, cycle and live healthy active lifestyles. That's why it's important to raise awareness of the risks on roads, as well as reaching out to parents and the wider community. Schools can register for Road Safety Week and you Brake the Road Safety charity will send you a free, online pack, full of advice, ideas and activities to help you get involved. They also have a great guide for teaching Road Safety for 2-18-year olds filled with lots of teaching ideas as well as polices and practical pedestrian and cycling training.
There are a range of writing and paint projects within Purple Mash that schools can use before and during Road Safety Week to raise awareness. Why not get pupils to design a Walk to School Poster and display these around the school? They could also create an information leaflet for parents about safe parking near the school, or a leaflet to remind parents not to park on the Zig Zag lines and these could be put on a blog or shared with parents via a link or QR code.
Children can create an informative leaflet instructing people on road safety or they could write about a traffic issue in their area thinking about different views. Using one of our paint projects children can design their own bus. They can even use our school crossing MashCam to put themselves in the role of a Lollipop person, showing their thoughts and characters in the speech bubble.
ROSPA has also produced a great guide that can be shared with parents all around teaching road safety.