Railway safety resources for the whole of the primary school age range have been made available by Network Rail.
“We have worked closely with teachers and students to develop resources that will help you to run fun, interactive activities that match different curriculum areas and deliver Ofsted requirements of PSHE teaching.
We encourage you to use the resources below to raise awareness of electrification on the railway, level crossings and railway safety.” (Network Rail)
There is a freely downloadable set of resources for assemblies, including videos and a teacher’s guide. These resources covers the railways and electricity – as of this year, there is about 25% of the railways that are electrified. There is some history covered as well as the dangers of the powered lines. There are follow up lesson plans to go with this set.
The lesson plan activities that have been provided for primary school include:
- KS1 and 2 – Lesson plan activities – Electricity and the railway
- KS1 – Worksheet 1 – Electricity hotspots
- KS1 – Worksheet 2 – Spot the hazard
- KS1 – Worksheet 3 – Signs of danger
- KS1 – Worksheet 4 – Power jump
- KS2 – Worksheet 1 – Railway history
- KS2 – Worksheet 2 – Maths quiz
- KS2 – Worksheet 3 – Whose choice?
These have been created with help from teachers, students and Ofsted to meet the requirements of the PSHE curriculum.
The first set of lessons was based mainly around level crossing safety and there are videos to support them. “There are approximately 6,500 level crossings in Britain. They enable us to safely cross one of the world’s busiest rail networks. In the past 5 years, however, there have been 44 deaths at level crossings. In 2011 there were 5 deaths.” (Network Rail – Lesson Pack).
These Railway Safety Resources are a useful resource when thinking about the history or development of the railways or a transport project.