Early Years Calendar: Beep Beep! Day
Beep Beep! Day, Wednesday 17th March 2021
What is Beep Beep! Day?
Beep Beep! Day is focused on teaching children how to be safe on or near the road, in a child-friendly way. This year, many children will partake in road safety awareness activities on Wednesday 17th March 2021 as a means of celebrating Beep Beep Day.
Despite the scary statistics published on child traffic-related incidents, the number of injuries, accidents and deaths on the road have generally followed a downward trend in the past decade. One reason for this is because educators like yourself take the time to plan for educational days like Beep Beep Day. Luckily for you, this article has collated a number of resources for you so that you spend less time planning and more time adapting the activities to move up/down a gear to suit your children.
Brave is a charity specifically focused on road safety. If you decide to sign up to their website, you will receive a free pack of resources to use for the day! The video below shows some of the activities that Brave provide.
Think! is quite a well-known organisation due to the amount of impactful road safety campaigns that they have been involved in since the early 20th century! Think! have a number of educational resources that could be of benefit for you. Their website has lesson plans, documents, songs, games, interactive stories, films, presentations and colouring activities. Please note: some of these activities might be better suited to Key Stage 1 so please ensure the activities you download are suitable for your children.
There is no one way to celebrate Beep Beep Day at school or Nursery.
Parental involvement in road safety education is vital as the children you come into contact with are walking/cycling/in the car/ boarding the bus with their parents or carers. One way to engage the parents in Beep Beep Day without having them physically at your setting could be to tell parents that their children need to take photos on their phones of road signs, traffic lights or types of crossings that the children see when they are on their way to school. The photos can then be sent to you and shared in class - this can be a lesson hook.
Following this, the children can observe the photos and identify the colours used for road signs/ traffic lights/ types of crossings. More able children should be able to apply their phonic knowledge and read the signs or recognise the numbers on the signs.
Lastly, the children can engage in role play to demonstrate their understanding. Some children can be in ‘cars’, some on bikes, some as pedestrians and three can ‘change the lights’ of a pre-made traffic light.
Please note: some children may have been impacted by a road accident so it is best to enquire with parents about whether a playful role-play is appropriate for their child.