Wiltshire's Fire service offer school lessons in 'Essential travel'

Wiltshire's Fire service offer school lessons in 'Essential travel'

Published by Mike Draper at 3:55am 25th April 2020.

3 minute read

We know it's boring being stuck at home, but Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue has a new 'interactive' road safety class for children who're home-learning during the Coronavirus pandemic.

It can be really hard trying to explain why we're having to stay at home so much, and why we can't just go out whenever we want to.

But hopefully, these simple classes will help ALL of us understand the importance of reducing journeys to avoid the risk of crashes on our roads at this current time.

The first module, which has been sent to schools across the Fire Service's area, focuses on the importance of essential travel and it is targeted at KS3, KS4 and KS5 classes.

LESSON 1: WHAT IS ESSENTIAL TRAVEL?

Those who complete the course will have a better understanding of:-

  • What 'essential travel' means
  • Why it is important
  • What could distract road users in the current climate
  • The bigger consequences of an incident or injury on the roads
  • The safety measures you can take when making essential journeys now
  • Safety when we all start travelling normally again post-lockdown
A fire engine from Salisbury Fire Station.
A fire engine from Salisbury Fire Station.

FREE: THE WORKBOOK WON'T COST A THING

  • The workbook is a free resource - scroll down the page for the link to access it

The modules are aligned with the PSHE curriculum, encompassing elements from Health & Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.

Road safety manager Christine Sharma told Spire FM News:

"We normally work directly with schools but, while that isn't possible, we wanted to make sure that road safety was still being taught and understood. In the current climate, the use of our roads has changed significantly. We have seen an increase of risky behaviour such as speeding and new cyclists not wearing helmets or reflective clothing. The workbook encourages students to consider the impact of this on the community and, of course our NHS, which we are all desperately trying to support and protect. We also signpost for other issues like mental health and other safeguarding issues which may be affecting families at home."

HOW DO I GET THE WORKBOOK?

There are exercises to complete, an assignment, and a quiz to test learning, as well as exercises to help mental health and promote interaction with family members.

Future modules will focus on drivers, pedestrians and using two-wheelers.

The road safety team will also be promoting the lessons via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

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