Knowledge and understanding of traffic and roads

Most young children (and the adults around them) will talk about ‘looking for cars’ when crossing the road. It’s good to make children aware that it’s not just cars people should look out for; many different types of vehicles use a road! Talk about the different kinds of traffic you can see when you are out and about.

It’s also important to talk about the different ways vehicles can move, especially when they are going in and out of driveways. Many road safety resources tell children that pavements are for people and roads are for traffic – but this doesn’t take into account vehicles driving in and out of driveways. Too many children have been involved in accidents in and around vehicles in driveways so it’s important to be aware of the dangers. Children should never be left in a vehicle unattended, and vehicle keys should always be kept out of a child’s reach.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has produced a report about the dangers of children being hit by cars reversing on driveways and children being injured when left alone in cars.

Suggested Curriculum for Excellence links

In broad terms, actively learning about traffic means that

Within Literacy and English –

Listening and talking

  • I listen or watch for useful or interesting information and I use this to make choices or learn new things. LIT 0-04a

Within Numeracy and Mathematics –

Shape, position and movement

  • I enjoy investigating objects and shapes and can sort, describe and be creative with them. MTH 0-16a

Information handling

  • I can match objects, and sort using my own and others’ criteria, sharing my ideas with others. MNU 0-20b

Within Sciences –

People, place and environment

  • I have experimented with imaginative ways such as modelling and drawing, to represent the world around me, the journeys I make and the different ways I can travel. MTH 0-16a

Within Technologies –

Technological developments in society

  • I enjoy playing with and exploring technologies to discover what they can do and how they can help us. TCH 0-01a