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Students investigate safety in their community by planning and coordinating research and writing reports. Choose suitable activities from 5 differentiated lessons and accompanying resources.

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  • Teacher notes

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  • Lesson 1: Spelling ‘safe’ words

      Students brainstorm vocabulary associated with the train network using coloured pens and paper or online mapping tools. They then connect TrackSAFE vocabulary words using hexagons to create a vocabulary chart, make new words about safety from base words using prefixes and suffixes, connect TrackSAFE vocabulary words using hexagons to classify words based on common features, or play a sorting game to classify TrackSAFE vocabulary words as nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.

    • Resource 1

      HookED Hexagon template with instructions

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  • Lesson 2: Extending our safety skills to others

      Students experience modelled writing and help the teacher write a report about the safety measures they used last time they went on a train trip. They then write a report on teaching someone to stay safe on a platform or pedestrian level crossing, use sentence starters to report on train and track safety, or complete a small project identifying and talking with a group of people in the community who need extra help to catch a train, writing a report to help improve safety for that group and sharing it with the community.

    • Resource 2

      Sentence starters

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  • Lesson 3: Planning investigations

      Students explore the types and purpose of investigations, and discuss the purpose of making a plan for an investigation. They then write a plan to conduct investigations through research on barriers to hearing at a railway station, a survey on peer pressure around tracks and trains and how it affects young people, research on how difficult it is to stop a train, or an interview with train staff about safety around single and double tracks.

    • Audio Resource

      TrackSAFE Sounds

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  • Lesson 4: Investigating safety

      Students share their plans of how they plan to conduct their investigations, and then conduct the investigations planned in the previous lesson (research, survey or interview).

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  • Lesson 5: Sharing investigation results

      Students give a brief verbal report to share the results of their investigations and explain the safety message learned from their investigation. They identify a group in the community who would benefit from knowing the information they have discovered and discuss the most appropriate way of communicating this message to them. They reflect on the creative choices made in the advertisement ‘Dumb Ways to Die’ (optional) then choose an accessible and appropriate method to communicate their safety message to their identified group, such as a tweet, news report, picture book, or lesson plan.