Hundreds of the youngest pupils at primary schools across Hartlepool schools are attending lessons in road safety as part of a campaign to prevent accidents.
Special sessions for reception children are being run by Joanne Andrews, Hartlepool
Council’s Child Injury Prevention Co-ordinator.
The launch of the campaign was timed to coincide with Road Safety Week which ran from November 23-29, and Joanne has since delivered lessons to around 270 children at St Cuthbert’s, St John Vianney, Sacred Heart, St Aidan’s, Lynnfield and Jesmond Gardens schools.
She will be visiting Barnard Grove, St Joseph’s, West Park, West View, Grange and Holy Trinity primary schools in the new year and she is inviting other schools to get in touch if they wish to arrange lessons.
Children are being taught to hold hands with an adult when walking alongside roads, the “stop, look and listen” principles of road safety and also the importance of wearing bright, fluorescent clothing so that they can be clearly seen by motorists.
The lessons also include a fun element of role play when children are given the opportunity to dress up as a school crossing patroller.
Joanne Andrews said: “All of the children that I have visited so far have been absolutely fantastic and they have really taken on board what I have been trying to teach them.
“I think it is really important to teach children about road safety issues at a very young age so that they are able to take that knowledge with them as they progress through school andbeyond.”
Schools can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org