Safe passenger, pedestrian and rider

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  • Collaboratively create a unit of work to teach pupils to:
  1. Take responsibility for own health needs as a road/footpath/vehicle user
  2. Show awareness of keeping safe - on the way to and from home and school, and in the wider community

NZ Health and Physical Education Curriculum Goals

Level 1 - Safety management

  • Describe and use safe practices in a range of contexts and identify people who can help.

Level 2 - Safety management

  • Identify risk and use safe practices in a range of contexts.

Level 3 - Safety management

  • Identify risks and their causes and describe safe practices to manage these.

Level 4 - Safety management

  • Access and use information to make and action safe choices in a range of contexts.

To cover

  • Being a safe passenger - car, bus and motorbike
  1. Using safety belts, child restraints, booster seats,
  2. Helmets, clothing and parental permission
  • Being a safe pedestrian
  1. Taking care with driveways, road crossing, traffic lights and parked cars
  • Riding a bicycle
  1. Wearing a helmet - safety standards, helmet condition
  2. Bicycle equipment - reflectors, brakes
  3. Road rules
  • Riding a motorbike, quad and horse (depending on community)
  1. Parental permission
  2. Instructions
  3. OSH ATV guide
  • Sustainable transport
  1. Walking for health
  2. Cycling for health
  • Helping agencies
  1. Police Education Officers
  2. City Councils

Student Activities

1. Safe passenger

  • Brainstorm/mindmap of vehicle passenger rules - seat belt use, age in front, airbags, motorbike helmet, long trousers and boots, no distracting, mobile phone use etc
  • Roll play getting into a car or bus using class seats - class critique each others skills
  • Pupils to write/create a safe passenger list/brochure/mindmap/PMI
  • Share with whole class - teacher to accumulate FAQs that need answering by an "expert"


  • Practice safe passenger techniques in a stationery vehicle within the school grounds
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2. Safe cycling

  • Bring a bike and helmet into the classroom to observe - draw and label with emphasis on safety features
  • Sharing with whole class observing bike/helmet
  • Roll play with pupils showing
  1. Getting on and off a bike
  2. Turning left
  3. Turning right


  1. What should I do if my mum drives drunk or my dad drives too fast?
  2. Am I safer in the front or in the middle back lap belt?
  3. What should I do if I notice the Warrant of Fitness has expired in our family car?
  4. A sticker on the passenger dashboard says I should be over 12 to sit there - I am only 10, should I use this seat?


Lesson content and procedures

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