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The Arts

Students express their ideas and create stories about being safe near trains and tracks, through Visual Arts, Music and Drama. Choose suitable activities from 3 differentiated lessons.

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  • Lesson 1 – Visual Arts: Lines for staying safe

      Students explore lines in real life and in photos, and draw life sized safety lines to practise being safe on train station platforms and pedestrian level crossings. They then discuss some elements and principles artists use to represent ideas visually, and draw or paint a picture of safety lines in context from a perspective of looking down. They develop a safety action to go with their artwork. Finally, they reflect on their work as a class and explain why they chose their art medium, colours and the safety action.

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  • Lesson 2 – Music & Drama: The sounds of safety

      Students explore different sounds and think about sounds that can help keep them safe. They brainstorm rhythms and sounds associated with trains on the track. They then create a short composition of sounds (music), record their composition and experiment with listening in different ways, including ways which make it harder to hear warning sounds around tracks, such as wearing headphones. They can alternatively create a composition with a performance (music & drama) about a train’s journey, using voice, facial expression, movement and space to imagine and establish different roles and safety situations.

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  • Lesson 3 – Drama: Safe families

      Students explore the use of facial expressions to represent emotions. They discuss ways facial expressions might be used to help keep people safe around trains and tracks. They then create a story in drama to communicate feelings by creating a mini-play about keeping vulnerable family members safe whilst going on a train trip, or expressing the feelings of a child and adult when waiting at a pedestrian level crossing. They perform their mini-plays to the class.