What is it all about?
On August 17, 1896, Bridget Driscoll was the first person ever to be killed by a car, and August is the month that sees an increased risk of children being injured on roads while off school.
Road accidents account for 25 per cent of all deaths of schoolchildren, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), and they are currently the biggest single cause of death for all children aged between one and 15 years. To stop this, the Government has set a target of reducing child road deaths and serious injuries by 50 per cent by 2010.
To make pupils aware of this campaign, why not educate them around road safety? This can help them reflect on and discuss incidents and accidents, and explore the implications of some of their actions in everyday situations.
The RoSPA website includes a downloadable song, with the lyrics: "Let's hold hands, everybody, to keep us safe near the road; we must hold hands, everybody, so that we are never alone."
Using a song is a memorable way of getting the message across when getting pupils involved in changing their behaviour.
It is also important for pupils to understand that they need to see and be seen by drivers and other road users. Discuss with children the importance of wearing the right clothes to maximise their visibility.
Help, I've no time to prepare
RoSPA provides downloadable resources for pupils from the age of four to 15+ years. This includes plenty of information on different assemblies, songs and useful questions in order for pupils to learn more. See more at www.tes.co.ukroadsafety
Where do I get more information?
Besides RoSPA, roadpeace.org offers information on road danger reduction and how you can get involved to keep your pupils safe.
Road safety resources on TES Connect
A-Z of road safety colouring in posters
Online road safety action pack