Teaching our kids to be RoadSafe

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.

‘The 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!’

Get involved:

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 to register your interest.