Cycling Safety for Students program

Cycling Safety for Students is a free program which aims to equip students in the primary school years (years 3 to 6) with the necessary skills and knowledge to stay safe while riding their bikes.

The program contains a five-lesson unit of work, extra cross-curricular lessons (to support or extend the unit of work) and activity sheets. There are also fact sheets written for students to educate them about the history of bikes, how to maintain their bike and how to stay safe while riding.

Here is an overview of the lessons in the unit of work:

Lesson 1 - Introduction to bikes and cyclist safety

In this lesson, students will activate their prior knowledge about bikes and safe cycling and begin to plan a cycle safety campaign.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • discuss what they already know about cycling and cyclist safety
  • work with others to start planning a cyclist safety campaign for their school.
Lesson 2 - Promoting safety

In this lesson, students will learn about the Amy Gillett Foundation (AGF) and how it, and similar organisations, use campaigns and slogans to promote cyclist safety in the community.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • identify the techniques and features that make the Amy Gillett Foundation’s campaigns effective
  • recognise how slogans and campaigns can promote safety and create behaviour change in the community.
Lesson 3 - Bike safety: maintaining your bike

In this lesson, students will get to know the parts of a bike and how these should be looked after to help ensure they stay safe while riding.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • identify the major parts of a bicycle and explain what function they serve
  • describe how a bike should be maintained to help ensure it is safe to ride.
Lesson 4 - Cycle safety: smart and safe

In this lesson, students will continue the theme of cycle safety, but will consider the rules they need to follow to help ensure they stay safe while riding.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • list the rules they should follow when riding their bike
  • identify possible hazards they may face when riding
  • explain why it is important to follow the rules when riding.
Lesson 5 - Finalising the campaign

In this lesson, students will take all the knowledge they have gained about cyclist safety to finish and present their school cycle safety campaign. This can be in a format negotiated with the teacher. Encourage students to be as creative as possible.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • use their knowledge of cyclist safety and persuasive writing to create a cycle safety campaign.
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