Tales of the Road

Tales of the Road is back! New interactive resource now available

With many people having enjoyed more walking and cycling during lockdown, and families being asked to consider whether they can walk or cycle as pupils begin returning to school, now is a great time to bring road safety to life for children. Introducing the newly updated Tales of the Road education resource.

The resource contains new and updated tips and is now interactive to help young road users navigate the workbook quickly and easily! It can be accessed and completed online, or can be downloaded, allowing progress to be saved and continued another day – perfect for children to come back to whether they are learning remotely during the summer holidays or in the classroom when school resumes in September.

Features of the updated Tales of the Road resource include:

  • Interactive question and answer sections, with name personalisation
  • New, updated images
  • Green Cross code reminders
  • REMEMBER! Key safety tips
  • Glossary with additional words and definitions

To access or download the resource, click on the icon below. You may want to look at our other free education resources available such as:

History of Tales of the Road

This new interactive resource marks an exciting new step in the history of Tales of the Road, which first launched almost ten years ago. During that time, we’ve provided teachers and road safety educators with resources ranging from short videos that gave children tips on how to cross the road safely, to interactive games that children can use to build their road safety skills.

As more of our audience move to digital channels, our relaunched Tales of the Road gives schools and parents an easy way to access the resource online and to engage children through interactive learning.

COVID-19 Safer Travel Guidance for passengers

It’s important that we all ensure that we take steps to stay safe whilst out and about. Click here to see Government guidance on walking, cycling and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak.

In this lesson pupils will learn about the “Stop, Look, Listen, Think ” sequence and discuss how it can be applied in a range of settings.

They will discuss how distractions such as mobile phones and pressure from peers may cause dangerous situations.

This is lesson plan 1.

Learning Objectives

  • I know the Stop, Look, Listen, Think sequence and safer places to cross the road.
  • I know my responsibilities as a pedestrian, a cyclist, a passenger in a car or on public transport.
  • I understand the risks and the effects of risky behaviour and can develop strategies to cope with dangerous situations caused by others.

This pack contains everything you need for lesson plan 1, Do you Stop, Look, Listen and Think?

Interactive Kahoot quiz

In this quiz, pupils can test their knowledge of crossing the road safely.

The quiz can be played as a class on a desktop or one mobile phones, simply click on this link, which will take you to the Kahoot! website.

Further resources for this lesson

Film: Road ready? Expect the unexpected

In this film, CITV presenter, Sam Homewood, encourages children to be ‘road ready’ and be safe on the road.

To download, click here which will take you to Vimeo’s website. From there, simply click on the ‘Download’ button.

This video is also available with Welsh subtitles, shown below. To download this version, click here again this will take you to Vimeo’s website. From there, simply click on the “Download” button.

See Think Speak

In this film, students are encouraged to See,Think and Speak up in risky road safety situations.

To download, click here which will take you to Vimeo’s website. From there, simply click on the ‘Download’ button.

See, Think, Speak film is also available with Welsh subtitles, shown below. To download this version, click here and again this will take you to Vimeo’s website. From there, simply click on the “Download” button.

Film: First Journeys

In this film, children discuss first solo journeys they’re looking forward to and older children share what their first journeys were like. Both groups of children share their top tips to stay safe.

To download, click here which will take you to Vimeo’s website. From there, simply click on the ‘Download’ button.

This video is also available with Welsh subtitles, shown below. To Download this version, click here  again this will take you to the Vimeo website. From there, simply click on the “Download” button.

It’s cool, it’s not cool

In this film an illustrator shows how to travel safely.

To download, click here which will take you to Vimeo’s website. From there, simply click on the ‘Download’ button.

It’s cool, it’s not cool film is also available with Welsh subtitles, shown below. To download this version, click here again this will take you to Vimeo’s website. From there, simply click on the “download” button.

In this lesson students will learn the importance of speaking up in potentially dangerous situations.

Students will have informal scripts to help them develop confidence, so that they know what to say to challenge people’s attitudes and behaviours.

This is lesson plan 1.

Learning Objectives

  1. I know my responsibilities as a pedestrian, a passenger and a future driver and can manage difficult situations with my peers
  2. I know about issues affecting young drivers – such as peer pressure, speeding, seat belts, inexperience and over confidence
  3. I have the communication skills that allow me to speak up in potentially dangerous and difficult road safety scenarios to influence a safer outcome

This pack contains everything you need for lesson plan 1, Speak up. Please note that interactive slides are not currently available.

Students will confront assumptions about road safety and the impact of distractions on reaction times.

Students will reflect on their own behaviours and how distractions could negatively impact their own personal safety.

This is lesson plan 3.

Learning Objectives

  1. I know the consequences of drugs and alcohol use in relation to driving.
  2. I know my responsibilities as a pedestrian, a passenger and a driver.
  3. I know about issues affecting young drivers such as peer pressure, speed, seat belts, inexperience and overconfidence.
  4. I know how to travel safely when I am on my own and understand the benefits of sustainable travel.

Students will be encouraged to think about how the consequences of an accident might affect them, a friend or a family member in their day-to-day lives.

Students will consider the most effective strategies to persuade people to change their behaviour and become more responsible on and around the road whether they are a driver, cyclist, pedestrian or passenger.

This is lesson plan 4.

Learning Objectives

1. I know about issues affecting young drivers such as peer pressure, speeding, seat belts and inexperience.

2. I know my responsibilities as a pedestrian, a passenger and a future driver.

This pack contains everything you need for lesson plan 4, Campaign HQ.

  • Campaign HQ Lesson plan
  • Campaign HQ slides
  • THINK! Map