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Safety first is vital

Life lessons: Year Six Pupils at Hawes Side Academy at the High School transition event at City Learning Centre in Grange Park

Life lessons: Year Six Pupils at Hawes Side Academy at the High School transition event at City Learning Centre in Grange Park

Stop, look, listen... learning to cross the road safely is a vital part of any child’s education.

This year, around 900 Year Six school pupils preparing for life at high school are being taught important road safety lessons.

With many youngsters set to start making their own way to school for the first time in September, Blackpool Council is putting them through their paces with a series of special lessons.

Adamene Stubbs, team leader for travel and road safety at the council, said: “They start to travel more independently at this age – so many get left to their own devices when they travel to high school.

“This is about reinforcing road safety messages we have been delivering at primary school.

“We definitely feel like it is beneficial and the feedback from schools is really 
positive.”

A series of workshops teach pupils to be careful around buses and how to keep safe if they cycle to school. Demonstrations helped show the children the dangers of the road and how to avoid them.

Hawes Side Academy pupil Maisha Nurulmomin, 11, said: “I liked when we saw the lorry. They told us some facts and then used a dummy to show you what would happen if someone got run over.”

Her classmate Mason Gannon, 11, added: “They turned the engine on and the whole class shouted but they still didn’t hear us.

“I really enjoyed it. It was all important information. They taught us how to be safe on the roads – always wear a helmet and don’t be stupid.”

Ms Stubbs added: “We look at truck and cycle safety, talking about visibility around big vehicles.

“We’ve got pupils from primary schools across Blackpool. We have 900 people over two weeks, with three classes each morning and afternoon

“It’s all about moving on to high school. They spend half a day doing four different sessions and the last bit is a theatre production from students at Blackpool Sixth Form.”

The 20-minute play helps to reinforce the messages learned throughout the day.

This is the seventh year Blackpool Council has run the event to help ensure youngsters are equipped to make the step-up to secondary school.

There are 11 schools lined up to take part this week with the remainder of the classes being held next week.

 

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