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           Stop, look and listen
Theme 2


           (Crossing the road)
             Dear Parent or Carer,
             Your child is currently learning about road safety at school as part of a national
             campaign to reduce the number of road casualties. This homework sheet contains
             ideas for simple activities that you can do with your child. Learning together this
             way is enjoyable and helps you to know what your child is being taught. It also
             reinforces the key safety messages that he or she is learning in class.
             Remember that showing a good example through your own behaviour on or
             near the road is one of the best ways to help children learn how to stay safer.

           Stop, look and listen
           This is all about learning how to cross the road safely. The activities below
           will help your child to:
           l learn what ‘stop, look and listen’ means
           l learn why they need to follow rules for crossing the road and to begin to learn
             the Green Cross Code
           l be able to recognise safer places to cross.

           Activities
           1) Finding a safer place to cross
           l If you have internet access, you can help your child to do the ‘Cross safely’ online story
             at www.dft.gov.uk/think/education/early-years-and-primary/pupils/5-to-7/read/
             (your child may have already done this at school). The best way to follow this up is to take
             your child for a walk around some local roads and to find safer places to cross. Help your
             child to understand that they should look for pedestrian crossings first (pelican or puffin
             crossings) with a ‘green man’ or use a zebra crossing, traffic island or, on some busy
             roads, a footbridge or subway. Many schools also have a school crossing patrol.
           l Help your child to learn to cross where none of the above crossings are available.
             First they must find a place where they can see clearly in all directions. They should
             avoid parked cars if possible, blind bends and close to the brow of a hill. Talk about
             how drivers and riders need to be able to see them. Talk about these things as you
             are out with your child near roads.
           l If there is nowhere else to cross, they should choose a place where there is space
             between two parked cars and make sure that it is easy to get to the pavement on the
             other side of the road. They should make sure neither car is about to move off, then
             walk to the outside edge of the cars and stop. Here they can be seen by drivers and
             they can look all around for traffic. They can use the Green Cross Code to cross.
           l If they have to cross at a road junction, they should look out and listen for traffic
             turning the corner, especially from behind.
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            2) Stop, look and listen
            l Young children need to learn what ‘stop, look and listen’ means and how they
              can put it into practice when they cross the road. Even if an adult with your child
              is making decisions about where and when to cross, your child should be paying
              attention to traffic and using stop, look and listen whenever they cross the road.
              The best way to help them to learn this is to practise it when you are out and about
              with your child, reminding them, asking them what to do and checking that they are
              looking and listening. The sequence to learn is as follows:

                                             Stop, look and listen
         Summary                                               Detail

         1. Stop just before you get to the kerb.              Where you can see traffic coming.

         2. Look all around for traffic.                       Listen for traffic too.

         3. If traffic is coming, let it pass.                 Wait for a gap.

         4. When it is safe, walk straight across the road.    Keep looking and listening and don’t run.

            l The full Green Cross Code is on page 3. One way to help your child to learn it is to do
              the missing word quiz below.
            l Talk about why we need to learn how to cross the road safely, explaining the
              consequences of not doing this.


            The Green Cross Code Quiz
            Can you find the missing words? Answers are below.

            1. First find the ______________ place to cross.

            2. Stop just before you get to the ______________.

            3. ______________ all around for traffic and listen.

            4. If traffic is ______________, let it pass.

            5. When it is safe, go ______________ across the road – do not run.


            Answers are on page 3.
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                                       The Green Cross Code
          Summary             Detail

          1. First find the   If possible, cross the road at: subways, footbridges, traffic
             safest place     islands, zebra, pelican, toucan or puffin crossings, or where
             to cross.        there is a crossing point controlled by a police officer, a school
                              crossing patrol or a traffic warden. Otherwise, choose a place
                              where you can see clearly in all directions, and where drivers
                              can see you.
                              Try to avoid crossing between parked cars and on sharp bends
                              or close to the top of a hill. Move to a space where drivers and
                              riders can see you clearly.
                              There should be space to reach the pavement on the other side.

          2. Stop just        Do not get too close to the traffic. If there is no pavement, keep
             before you       back from the edge of the road but make sure you can still see
             get to the       approaching traffic. Give yourself lots of time to have a good
             kerb.            look all around.

          3. Look all         Look all around for traffic and listen.
             around for
                              Look in every direction.
             traffic and
             listen.          Listen carefully because you can sometimes hear traffic
                              before you can see it.

          4. If traffic       Look all around again and listen.
             is coming,
                              Do not cross until there is a safe gap in the traffic and you
             let it pass.
                              are certain that there is plenty of time.
                              Remember, even if traffic is a long way off, it may be
                              approaching very quickly.

          5. When it is       Keep looking and listening for traffic while you cross, in case
             safe, go         there is any traffic you did not see, or in case other traffic
             straight         appears suddenly.
             across the
                              Look out for cyclists and motorcyclists travelling between
             road – do
                              lanes of traffic.
             not run.
                              Do not cross diagonally.




         Answers:
         1. Safest 2. Kerb 3. Look 4. Coming 5. Straight
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