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Rail Staff Guidelines for School Visits Sample session plan – Primary School Visit

Sample session plan – Primary School Visit


Your name, job title, who you work for, and a brief overview of what you do in your job each day.29_238-wide


(you can combine these ideas and add your own – choose ideas appropriate to the topic)


  • What kinds of responsibilities you have to keep people safe;
  • What kinds of responsibilities students have to keep themselves and others safe;
  • How heavy and fast trains are (comparing to something that makes sense to the students at their age e.g. ’one passenger train weighs the same as 85 African elephants, and goes as fast as a car on the highway’);
  • How long trains take to stop (e.g. passenger trains 250m = two and a half football fields or freight trains up to 2km = 20 football fields);
  • What the signs mean at pedestrian level crossings;
  • What safe actions they should do to stay safe and why, combined with pictures/video clips showing appropriate behaviours around trains, tracks and platforms;
  • Get students to practice those safe actions in the classroom (choose an appropriate activity for the location and the students’ ages e.g. walking and standing behind a yellow line; STOP LOOK LISTEN THINK at a pedestrian level crossing; walking over a bridge or through an underpass);
  • Ask students what they will do to keep themselves and others safe.


  • How trains move;
  • How many people or goods your employer moves each day (comparing it to something that makes sense to the students at their age, e.g. ‘one million’ might be 2000 times the amount of students at their school);
  • How trains have changed through time;
  • What would the consequences be if trains weren’t able to move around;
  • Rules that apply to using or being around transport.


Your typical work hours; your responsibilities; what kind of equipment you use; how you use technology in your work; typical situations in which you do your work; the people you work with; why you do your role; how students can make your role easier or more enjoyable.


  • How your job contributes to keeping the environment healthy;
  • How your job contributes to peoples’ needs and wants (e.g. getting goods or people from one place to another place).


  • Create a quiz on the things you taught them!
  • Ask students if they have any questions. Give honest answers within these guidelines, and try to keep questions and answers on topic (you can take cues from the teacher).
  • Thank the students (for being so interested, asking well thought out questions, etc.).