New road safety pack is a first for Scotland

09.30 | 3 February 2010 |

West Dunbartonshire’s road safety team has launched a new road safety pack that links road safety projects taught in schools to the new national framework, Curriculum for Excellence.

The ‘Interdisciplinary Learning in Road Safety Pack’ highlights how nursery, primary and secondary pupils learn road safety messages across different curriculum areas such as health and wellbeing, expressive arts, literacy, numeracy, social studies, and sciences.

The pack has been developed by the council’s road safety team in conjunction with Educational Services and is the first of its kind in Scotland. It makes direct links between experiences and outcomes in several curriculum areas, and matches these to the new national framework.

Through projects outlined in the pack, pupils will also get the chance to develop their road user skills through a range of experiences. Younger children will learn basic skills such as the importance of holding hands with an adult when crossing the road, and the Green Cross Code. Older pupils will learn cycle skills, how to travel independently and also be taught about safe driving.

Cllr May Smillie said: “Learning about road safety across different areas of the curriculum will provide relevant, challenging and enjoyable learning experiences for children and young people. It will make road safety education more meaningful and young people will see the relevance of what they are learning to their everyday lives.

“We hope that other local authorities across the country may show an interest in using the pack in their schools and we will be happy to share our experiences with them.”

For further information contact Lynn McAdam at West Dunbartonshire Councilon 01389 737 297.


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