The RACT has completed trials of its new RoadSafe resource, designed for use in Grade 3 and 4 classrooms, and will roll it out at schools across the state from this month.
Our RoadSafe pilot revealed
43.59% of students knew the difference between stop and give way signs, and what they must do.
44.38% knew how to get in and out of cars safely.
When it came to sharing, 56.42% knew how to share the road and footpath.
When there are no crossings available, 57.62% knew how to cross a road.
RoadSafe a success
Late last year RACT piloted the new
website at four Tasmanian primary schools, which demonstrated high levels of
student engagement and benefits above and beyond road safety learnings.
students have really enjoyed the self directed learning that the program
supports,’ St Aloysius Catholic College Grade 4 teacher Megan Hickey said. ‘Our
Grade 4 team has even developed an assessment for the students based on bike
safety. Using the information they can find on their accounts, the students
have put together a brochure or poster on riding safely around our new bike
track at the Huntingfield Campus (to be built in 2018), which hits our
Australian Curriculum targets for Health this term. So it’s been even better than
we thought! ’
The free online resource provides students with opportunities to
explore road safety through a range of learning tools designed to promote safe
behaviour as a passenger, pedestrian, rider and general road user. Videos,
games and activities are complemented by comprehensive quiz sets that students
can complete as a class, individually or in small groups.
‘Quiz performance can
be monitored by teachers and other admin users with a dashboard, providing an
overview of what students do and don’t know about road safety, thereby
identifying gaps in knowledge and opportunities for future learning,’ RACT Community
Manager Will Oakley said.
RACT RoadSafe is designed to be used as a stand-alone
tool for teachers, but facilitated road safety sessions can also be arranged on
request. ‘With back to school in full swing, now is a great time for parents
and teachers to be revisiting road safety with young children, ’Mr Oakley said.
‘There are so many different aspects to being safe on the road – such as a
pedestrian, passenger and rider – and all require slightly different
behaviours. ‘Through RACT RoadSafe we hope to educate younger children in all
aspects of road safety, and gather knowledge about where we can direct our
resources for future education programs.’
Mr Oakley said peak commuting times were
statistically at their busiest immediately following the return of children to
school. ‘After a couple of months without school zone speed limits, the 40km/h
signs are active again and require a high level of vigilance from motorists,’
he said. ‘After all, students, particularly primary school students, are
vulnerable road users and should be treated as such by motorists – even when
you’re in a rush!’
Road safety has direct links to the Australian curriculum. Within Health and Physical Education, an identified learning area is to ‘Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing’.
RACT is now asking for interest from Tasmanian schools for 2018. You can find more information here or please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.