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Suggested cross-curricular extension activities

Here we have suggested a variety of extension ideas linked into different curriculum subjects. The children can do them individually, in pairs, in groups or as a whole class activity.

  Cross-curricular extension activities for 4 to 7 year olds  

English

  • How many smaller words can be made from S A F E R T R A V E L.
  • Write a short story about their journey to school.
  • Role play getting into a car and going on a journey.

Maths

  • From a safe place with an adult use a stopwatch to time how long the flashing 'green man' shows for
    pedestrians to cross.
  • Carry out a class/school survey of how many children walk to school - everyday / some days / never.

Science

  • Zebra crossings stand out because of the vivid black and white stripes. Research those animals in the wild that stand out to protect themselves, versus those who use camouflage to keep safe.
  • Talk about seatbelts and where else harnesses or straps can prevent injury.
  • Sort colours (and list clothes in those colours) that are bright and light or dull and dark, those that that are fluorescent, and those that are reflective. Discuss when it is best to wear which colours, when out and about.

ICT

  • Research online and find out more about 'Walk to School' week.
  • Create a diary as a Word document about their daily journeys to and from school.
  • Make a folder on vehicles.

PSHE/PSE/Health & Wellbeing/PD&MU & Citizenship

  • Find out about other ways that people with disabilities are helped to move about.
  • List all the difficult things you might face in a wheelchair - going to the shops, going to school, etc.
  • Write a story about being a good passenger and not distracting the driver.

Geography

  • Create a mural map of their town. Draw/paint/cut out collage of the main shopping areas, their homes and the school. Mark main roads and safer crossing places. Add on other key places of interest (fire, police, ambulance, hospital, library, leisure centre, etc).
  • Research how children get to school in rural Africa.

History

  • Research the development of wheelchairs and how their design has changed over the years.
  • Find out about the history of School Crossing Patrollers.
  • Research when the first Zebra crossing was developed.

  Cross-curricular extension activities for 7 to 11 year olds  

English

  • Creative writing about a journey across town, building in all the ways you would travel (walk, car, bus, train) and the hazards on the way.
  • Make up a poem about safety in the car.
  • In pairs develop little mimed scenarios, where the partner guesses the action e.g. putting on a seatbelt, pressing a Pelican crossing button, looking both ways before crossing the road.

Maths

  • Look up speed limits. List which roads have which limits. What does 'mph' mean?
  • Look up the stopping distances that vehicles take travelling at different speeds.
  • Carry out a school survey to find which is the most popular method of coming to school and going home.

Science

  • Research how the light sequencing works on a traffic light.
  • Talk about friction and how it affects travel and movement. Discuss all the different surfaces and how things can go faster or slower (include ice, snow, rain as well as road materials).
  • Carry out simple egg experiments. Using eggs covered in a variety of (protective) materials. See which will help prevent the egg being broken if dropped. Relate to cycling helmets.

ICT

  • Create their own folder on safer crossing places, cut and paste information from internet-based research.
  • Type an article to send to their local newspaper editor about the need for a new road crossing near them.

PSHE/PSE/Health & Wellbeing/PD&MU & Citizenship

  • Search the local media (newspapers, radio/reports, etc.) on crossings in the area.
  • Write a report on how cycle training is provided in your area.
  • Design an advert or a poster encouraging pedestrians to wear something reflective to keep safe when out and about near traffic when it's dark.

Geography

  • Using a local map with grid references have each create their own journey plan identifying safer routes - giving grid numbers and explanations.
  • Research if there is a way around your town using cycle routes.
  • List similarities and differences between rural and urban roads.

History

  • Use the internet to find the key dates that the Zebra and the Pelican crossing were introduced.
  • Research how our alphabet originated. What other alphabets are there?