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Learning lessons in road safety

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Children from Bankwood Primary School in Gleadless put their Maths and English on hold for a day recently to have lessons in road and community safety.

Sheffield Safer Communities Partnership organised a road safety day at the school, which saw Police and Fire Officers, Sheffield City Council Community Safety and Road Safety Officers, Neighbourhood Watch and Sheffield MP Meg Munn talking to the children about important ways to be safe on the roads and in the community, and answering all of the children’s questions.

A miniature pelican crossing with actual traffic lights was set up in the main school hall and explained, as were zebra crossings. The “Stop, Look, Listen” road safety rules were acted out by all the children, who each got the opportunity to practice crossing the mock road.

In addition to road safety messages, the children also learnt about hoax calls, illegal motorcycling and arson reduction.

A group of older Year 5 children also had the opportunity to get involved by taking part in a competition to design a poster to highlight the dangers of roads, and a message to parents and other drivers about taking care around the school. The winning design will be used on billboards across the city and a banner outside the school.

Meg Munn, MP for Heeley said:

“It was an excellent day, everyone really enjoyed it, whilst at the same time learning lots of important road and community safety tips.” I was particularly impressed by the children who designed the posters, and wanted to come to the school to congratulate them personally on doing such a great job.”

Inspector Paul Catley from South Yorkshire Police said:

“It is important that everyone has access to this safety information; however it is particularly relevant around Bankwood School. The school has seen a number of fatal road accidents on surrounding roads, and there have been problems with speeding in the area - we’re addressing this from an enforcement side but it is also good to have preventative measures in place, like this road safety day.”


Meg is pictured with local Councillor Garry Weatherall, Inspector Paul Catley and children from the school who helped design the road safety poster.

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