Travel issues can provide real-life situations that meet many areas of the National Curriculum especially in Geography, ICT, Citizenship, PSHE, Science, PE and English.
- There are many opportunities under the headings of:
- Geographical Enquiries and Skills
- Knowledge and Understanding of Environmental Change and Sustainable Development
- Knowledge and Understanding of Patterns and Processes at all key stages, including the potential to develop GCSE and A’ level project work
- The CREATE mapping software and questionnaire from Devon County Council is a good way to start. Get big maps from Devon County Council
- Try a ‘Planning for Real’ exercise to help identify routes to school, danger spots and ideas for improvements
- Use the School Travel GIS system with real data from the school census
- See our GIS DVD with video of Geography Enquiry days in two Devon Secondary schools. It also has resource files, lesson plans & SoW linked to the Secondary National Strategy.
ICT (Information Communication Technology)
Use of questionnaires, databases,and mapping software - try our GIS system
- Through participation in a Travel Action Group or through consultation and discussion in the classroom, pupils take an active part in improving the environment and health of the school community.
- Pupils will develop links with local government, councillors and the wider school community. Pupils will have a say in what happens to the environment and facilities around their school.
- Pupils will work with the media and will learn to present findings and consult with their peers about an important everyday health and environment related issue.
PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education)
- Link School Travel issues to the Healthy Schools Award through the Safety and Physical Health units
- Strengthen Road Safety through the curriculum *
- Develop a Road Safety and Health Education policy
- Work with parents to help pupils develop the appropriate pedestrian skills*
- Involve outside agencies to help teach about Road Safety as part of the curriculum
- Involve pupils in raising awareness about the issues with their parents and peers*
- Use the Schools Health Education Unit PSHE and assembly planners
- *Use our "Chicken Runners " and "Stop the Bus" DVD's as classroom resources
- Get pupils to write a travel diary for a week and compare those who walk/cycle with those who come by car
Pupils should be taught about the effect of exercise and rest on the pulse rate (NC KS2) – walking and cycling to school can help to meet some of the government recommended guidelines on daily exercise and pulse rates can be measured before and after the journey to school
PE (Physical Eductaion)
The importance of daily exercise, physical fitness and the teaching of cycling skills can all help to meet NC requirements in the PE curriculum.