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- Today's lesson is called king of the road.

We will be looking at ways to keep yourself safe on the road when you are outside with your friends and families.

By the end of this lesson, you will know about keeping safe on the road, you will understand what is meant by road safety, and you will be able to identify the different types of hazard signs.

You will also be able to keep yourself safe when out on your bikes or in a vehicle.

You will have explored different types of jobs within the fire service, and our professional superheroes will be giving you some tips and safety advice whilst on the road.

You will have confidently created your very own safety tips that you can share with your friends and families.

In today's lesson, you will need some paper or an exercise book, a pen or a pencil, some coloured pencils or felt tips, your listening ears, and your hazard-spotting eyes.

Collect your materials, pause the video and come right back.

Hello there children, it's Mrs. Walsh here.

How are you all? It's fabulous to see you.

Today's lesson is all about road safety.

So you're going to learn how to be safe on the road, on a bike, or in a vehicle.

How good's that? When talking about road safety, it's important that we understand what that means.

You all play out with your friends and you go out with your family, don't you? So basically it just means that you can keep yourself safe when outside near the road or riding on your bike or travelling in a vehicle.

So what we need to do is we need to make sure that we follow the steps and the advice that we're given in this lesson so that we can be the safest that we can be.

This is Reggie.

Reggie is wanting to cross this very busy road.

Your task is to write down all the things Reggie could do to ensure he crosses this road safely.

Use my sentence starters to help you, and don't forget to pause the video whilst you do this.

Hey, hey, hey.

Give me a thumbs up if you've got any of these sentences.

Give me two thumbs up if you got two of them.

And if you got three or more, give me a big high five.


If you didn't, don't worry.

You can use my sentences and you can pause the video and copy them down.

See how many of these hazards you spot the next time you are outside.

We're going to Leyland Fire Station to meet some superhero professionals.

They are the best people to give us some advice about keeping safe on the road.

Shall we go? A firefighter, a community fire safety advisor, a station manager, and a prevention support officer? I thought you guys just put out fires.

- [Paul] Well, actually, Mrs. Walsh, the role of the firefighter has changed over the years.

We don't just attend house fires and building fires, but we attend at lots of other incidents as a fire and rescue service.

Over the years, we've attended floodings, rescues from height, road traffic collisions.

Water rescues are among some of the incidents that we attend.

- Fairy jobmother here again.

Watch manager Paul is correct.

There's lots of different jobs in the fire service.

In fact, did you know that firefighters attend more road traffic accidents in a year than they do actual house fires? There's a lot of different jobs that keep us safe on the roads.

We've got highway maintenance operatives.

They make sure our roads and waterways are well lit, correctly signed, and safe to drive on all year round.

We have car mechanics who fix our broken cars and test them every single year in an MOT test that makes sure they're safe to drive.

And of course, we've got school patrol officers.

They make sure that you children get across the road safely every day.

Why don't you go on the internet with an adult that you trust and have a look at what other jobs might keep us safe on the road? You never know, you might just find the dream job for you.

Look at these signs and see if you can guess what kind of message they send out.

Pause the video, draw them, and then write what you think they mean.

Get your pens at the ready and mark your work.

The first sign is a circle, so we know that that is an order.

And this sign is a no entry sign.

Whenever you see it, you must never go in.

The second sign, it's got a 30 in the middle.

Again, we know that this is an order because it's a circle and this you will see in a 30 mile an hour zone.

The fourth sign is a triangle.

There's an adult and a child.

So that is warning us that there is a school nearby, so it might be a busy place.

The fourth sign is a circle inside a triangle, but the sign is actually a triangle, so we know that that's a warning sign.

And it is warning us that there is a roundabout coming up.

Do you think you'll be able to remember that one, children? A triangle sign is a warning and a circle sign is an order.

Pause the video and you have a go.

- [Rob] Okay, children.

So what you might know as a car crash, here at the fire and rescue service we call a road traffic collision or an RTC.

When we're attending a road traffic collision, it's important that we wear protective equipment that not only helps us be seen, but protects us from any harm, such as our helmet which protects our head, our high vis jackets which help us be seen, and our bunkers and boots which protect our legs and our feet.

- [Mrs. Walsh] So the question is, what can you do whilst out on your bike that will help you be seen? Pause the video and write your answer down.

- [Rob] So children, what could you do? You could start by making sure you're wearing a helmet which is brightly coloured, making sure your bike is also brightly coloured which helps you be seen by road users, making sure there's lights on the front and the back of your bike so you can be seen, and finally your clothing.

Making sure you're wearing bright clothing helps you be seen by everybody else.

- [Mrs. Walsh] Here are Rob's safety tips to help you be safer on your bike.

Always wear a coloured helmet.

Buy a bike that is bright and colourful.

Don't worry if you haven't, you don't need to go out and buy one.

Just make sure that your bike has reflective lights front and back, and that you always wear bright coloured clothing.

- [Andy] So we've looked at cycle safety.

You've learnt to keep yourself safe as a pedestrian.

Now we're going to look at keeping ourselves safe in a vehicle.

So strap yourselves in and come along for the ride.

This is where it's gonna get interesting.

There's millions of vehicles out here on the road and a lot of children and passengers in those vehicles, so we need to make sure that we're safe in vehicles.

So one of the main things that we can do and what we should always do when we get in the car is put a seatbelt on.

If you are under 135 centimetres or below 12 years of age, you're probably going to need a booster seat.

These are designed to keep us safe and designed to keep the seatbelts sat on you correctly.

So it should be over your shoulder and across your hips.

That's where the seatbelt should stay.

We need to make sure that we're in the right and appropriate seat.

So these are the newest style seats now.

They're designed to keep you with safety features around the neck and your torso of the body, just in case there is a collision.

You can still use the booster seats that haven't got the backs, but these are the better ones to use.

- [Mrs. Walsh] But Andy, there's just so much to remember.

- [Andy] No, Mrs. Walsh.

It's really easy.

Everybody needs to wear a seatbelt and some people might need to use a car seat so the seatbelt fits them properly.

Mrs. Walsh, I'm that confident it's easy, I'm now going to test you.

- Oh, what do we think, children? Are we up for the challenge? Are we up for the challenge? Good.

Okay, Andy, we're ready.

- [Andy] What's the most important thing to do when you're in a vehicle? - [Mrs. Walsh] Correct.

Wear your seatbelt.

- [Andy] Why is it important that some children need to use a car seat? - [Mrs. Walsh] Correct, children.

So their seatbelt fits correctly.

- [Andy] What's the minimum height of where you could just use an adult seatbelt? - [Mrs. Walsh] Hey, you're good at this, aren't you, children? You are spot on.

A minimum height of 135 centimetres.

- [Andy] I told you it was easy.

Now it's your turn to share our key safety messages with others, those that are in the car with you and those that are other family members.

- Here are my top tips to help you with your task.

Road safety.

We must always use a pedestrian crossing wherever there is one, and we must make sure that we use the school patrol officer when we're walking to and from school.

We learned that a triangle sign means a warning and a circle sign means an order.

So whenever we see those signs, we must make sure we follow them.

In cycle safety, we must make sure we wear a helmet on our head.

That thing will save our life if we ever fall off our bike.

And then we need to make sure that our bike is brightly coloured, but don't worry if it's not because your reflective lights that you are going to put on your bike front and back will make sure that people see you in the dark, and your bright coloured clothes will also make you impossible to miss.

Moving on to vehicle safety.

Now this is where you can make a massive difference because when your parents and carers tell you to put your seatbelt on, you must make sure you put it on correctly.

Don't be putting it around the back of yourself so that you think you're too cool to wear your seatbelt over your shoulder and across your hips.

That is the correct way.

And then car seats.

How tall do you have to be to use an adult seat? 135 centimetres.

If you're not that tall, park your bottom on a car seat, not on an adult seat, because seatbelts need to fit correctly to save your life.

I'd like you to be creative as possible.

Here is mine to give you an idea.

This is your success criteria.

Step one, choose your top tips carefully.

Split your page into three sections to make it easier to follow.

Step two, write down your top tips.

Use your neatest handwriting and use a ruler.

Don't forget to check your spelling and grammar.

Step three, spread the message.

Tell your family, tell your friends, tell anybody that you come into contact with when you're outside on the road.

Good luck.

I can't wait to see your top tips.

The more people that see them, the safer the people are.

If you'd like to, please ask your parent or carer to share your work on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, tagging @OakNational and #LearnwithOak.