Right Start – Stage Three
During the Autumn term, year two pupils take part in stage three of their right start training. This is taught through use of pictorial aids, discussions and practical activities at the roadside, under the supervision of approved trainers. The three right start sessions for year two are entitled: ‘Look’, ‘Listen’ and ‘Safer Places’. The following teaching points are covered, which parents are encouraged to reinforce out of school:
• Pupils learn the importance of making themselves highly visible when out near roads and how they can do this by wearing something bright, flourescent or reflective.
• Pupils learn to observe and understand vehicle signals, such as orange indicator lights, white reverse lights, red brake lights, and the related vehicle manoeuvres.
• Pupils reinforce how important it is to listen carefully before crossing the road.
• Pupils learn that vehicle sounds vary and that we may not always identify the type of vehicle correctly from what we hear.
• Pupils learn the importance of, whenever possible, crossing away from parked cars.
• Pupils discuss the range of safer places available for use when crossing roads, such as: pelican crossings, puffin crossings, zebra crossings, traffic islands, footbridges and subways.
Throughout the lessons, it is reinforced that young children should always be accompanied by an adult when near roads.
Fire officers from The Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service come into school to discuss the importance of fire safety in the home.
Pupils listen to the fire officers, watch a DVD and take part in role play activities to help them to learn the following points:
If any parents do not have a working smoke alarm in their home, they can contact The Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, who will fit a smoke alarm for them for free.