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 how to plan their route to school, including any extra precautions they would take based on insights gathered from referring to a map. Pupils will use the THINK! Map.

Learning objectives

  • I know how to plan a safer journey to school.
  • I know my responsibilities as a pedestrian, a cyclist, or a passenger in a car or on public transport.

Everything you need for lesson plan 3, Map Your journey:

in this lesson students will  explore road safety, in the context of their local area, from the perspective of a driver and a pedestrian.

Students will reflect on their own journeys and how previous pedestrian road incident locations may merit specific attention.

Learning Objectives

  1. I know my responsibilities as a pedestrian, a passenger and a future driver.
  2. I know about issues affecting young drivers such as peer pressure, speeding, seat belts, inexperience and overconfidence.
  3. I know the training requirements for learner drivers.
  4. I know how to travel safely, independently and understand the benefits of sustainable travel.

Here is everything you need for lesson plan 2:

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

In this lesson pupils will learn road safety skills for when they are old enough to travel without an adult.

They will learn to identify how one route may be safer than another, and how to be a considerate traveller.

There is a focus on how to cross the road safely, identifying places to cross and areas to avoid.

Learning objectives

  • 1. I know the key road skills that I will need when I am old enough to travel without an adult.
  • 2. I know how to plan a safer journey to school.
  • 3. I know my responsibilities as a pedestrian, cyclist, passenger in a car or on public transport.

This pack contains everything you need for lesson plan 2, Take the lead.

 

In this lesson pupils will learn about road safety issues in their local area. They will explore local statistics and consider a range of awareness resources relating to road safety.

This is lesson plan 4.

Learning objectives

  • I know how to travel independently (only with permission) to and from school as a pedestrian, cyclist or on public or school transport.
  • I know the risks – and the effect of risky behaviour – on the road and can develop strategies to cope with dangerous situations caused by others.

This pack contains everything you need for lesson plan 4, Road Ready?

 

In this lesson pupils will explore how to create their own Road Safety Campaigns targeted at their peers.

Learning objectives

  • I know the Green Cross Code, and safer crossing places on the road.
  • I know The Highway Code, rules of the road and road signs.
  • I know 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 5, Campaign Spotlight

  • Campaign spotlight lesson plan
  • Campaign spotlight planning sheet
  • THINK! Map

In this lesson pupils will discover how distractions impact reaction times.

Pupils will analyse how the speed a car is travelling impacts both the thinking and braking times of the driver.

Learning objectives

  • I know the Green Cross Code, and safe crossing places on the road.
  • I understand the risks and the effects of risky behaviour.
  • I can develop strategies to cope with dangerous situations caused by others.

This pack contains everything you need for lesson plan 6, The science of stopping.

 

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.