Walking or cycling to school is fantastic but we really have to educate our children in road safety. Due to the fantastic work of the government and schools in 2009 we had the lowest number of road accident deaths on record. Britain’s overall road safety record for children is on the whole very good, and its rate for child fatalities is well below the European average. But our record on child pedestrian fatalities remains worse than many other European countries:
- In 2009, 38 children aged 0–11 years were killed on Britain’s roads. Another 1,372 were seriously injured.
- Most children under 9 can’t judge how fast vehicles are going or how far away they are.
- 67% of children aged 0–11 killed or seriously injured in 2009 were on foot at the time.
Our response to these statistics is to create two separate road safety workshops that have been going out to schools across the country this term.
Our KS1 road safety show – “Get Home Safely” shows 3 toys that accidentally get left behind in the park and have to find their way home. Important messages are delivered in a fun and highly memorable drama workshop allowing the children to learn the basics of road safety whilst watching an imaginative story line and characters they really respond to.
“Visual props and actions were used to enable the children learn the steps of “crossing a road” which aids future recall. The children could relate to the toys and the fact that they may come out when they aren’t there! The children loved the characters used and couldn’t stop giggling!” – Teacher
The KS2 road safety show – “Don’t Get Splatted” starts with Megan and Matt waiting for there mum to pick them up from school – when Matt steps out into the road without looking they are transported onto a game show – “Don’t Get Splatted!” Through a series of fun and interactive game show type games the children learn important road safety messages.
“A really fine and imaginative way in which to get the messages of road safety across to the children. Children couldn’t stop talking about it afterwards” – Teacher
For more details about our road safety shows and when they will be touring your area please click here or get in touch.
Teaching our children really is a juggling act. What we may not have thought about before is that while we are saying our kids should get more exercise and go out to play like we used to do when we were kids, you know when the summers were hot and went on forever ..hmmm… sorry, drifted off there for a moment thinking of the sunshine (sigh).
What I was saying is that we have been thinking here at theatre in education HQ that while telling our kids to get out and get more exercise what we are also doing is encouraging them to be outside, near a road. Walking or cycling to school is fantastic but we really have to educate our children in road safety.
Alison's driving test didn't end well
- In 2004, 3905 children (0 to 16) were killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads (many more were hurt but not seriously).
- British children are less likely to be accompanied by an adult but more likely to be with friends who will distract their attention than their European equivalents.
- British children are less likely to use a marked crossing when choosing a crossing point.
- Boys are more likely to be hit than girls and their accidents are more likely to be severe.
- The risk increases markedly when they move from primary to secondary school, an eleven year old is twice as likely to be killed or seriously injured in a road accident on their way to school.
How can we here at Act On Info help through theatre in education? Well by writing drama workshops and play in a day’s and taking them into schools to keep the children of the Northwest safe. There are a few things you can do too.
- Make sure you tell your children the danger points above.
- Walk them to school, the shops and the park until you are comfortable they know the best places to walk, cross the road and look out for blind spots. Keep doing it until you’re sure they’ve got the message. (Yes, they’ll hate you, but it’ll be worth it for your peace of mind!)
- Buy them light coloured clothing. If the traffic can’t see them, it can’t avoid them. Yes the coat will get grubby quicker, but isn’t it worth it?
- Invest in some reflective things – they come in a load of funky designs now, you can get sashes, stickers and badges.
- Ask their school about a walking bus scheme.
- Keep your eyes peeled whilst driving, it’s your responsibilty to look out for our children.
If you are interested in our road safety drama workshops or play in a day’s do get in touch with us here at theatre in education HQ, we’ll be happy to help.