Date: 14th May, 2020
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service have now released all four modules of their interactive road safety workbooks for students’ home-learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
As the Road Safety Team have been unable to deliver their usual programmes in schools, four road safety modules have been created and sent to schools across the Service area, focusing on the importance of road safety during this time.
The modules are vibrant and engaging, with various forms of media to include public health messages, activities, assignments, and quizzes, as well as exercises to help mental health and promote interaction with family members. Each module covers a different topic – essential travel, drivers, pedestrians and using two-wheelers.
Road safety manager Christine Sharma said: “The modules have been created for 11–18-year olds to complete at home, with the aim of encouraging them to consider the impact of risky road behaviours on the community and, of course our NHS. We also signpost for other issues like mental health and other safeguarding concerns which may be affecting families at home. We’re thrilled with how successful the workbook has been so far, with numerous educational professionals having downloaded the modules nationally. The fourth and final module was released on Monday 11 May and we hope to see this success continue.”
By completing the course, students will have a better understanding of what essential travel means and why it is important; what could distract road users in the current climate and how they can help; social distancing and the impact this is having on the use of roads; and finally, protecting the NHS and other emergency services.
The workbook is a free resource, aimed at KS3, KS4 and KS5. The modules are aligned with the PSHE curriculum, encompassing elements from Health & Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.
The workbook can be found at www.dwfire.org.uk/road-safety-education and can be used by anyone. The road safety team is also promoting the lessons via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.