Road Safety is an enduring issue, and with more cars on the road than ever – and more distractions for young people – we hope the Road Safety Play in a Day can make a real difference to the lives of children and young people.

Ben is off school – he’s had an accident on the roads and it’s all anyone can talk about. How did it happen? What was Ben doing at the time? Was he being as safe as possible? The Play in a Day allows children to explore all of these questions and to identify strategies for keeping themselves safe as a pedestrian, a passenger and a cyclist.

Across a full day once class of children work with the Altru practitioner to learn about road safety and create a performance that will have an impact on the whole school.

We offer 2 different versions of this Play in a Day – one for Key Stage 1 which is simplified and more narrative, and an extended and more advanced version for Key Stage 2.

The structure of a Play in a Day:

– We start with warm ups and ‘getting to know you’ activities
– Then we move on to exploring the topic, through games and activities.
– We begin work on the play – the class include their own ideas and opinions and develop scenes, songs, poems and raps to go into the performance. Children are not given scripts, lines are delivered aurally and remembered through action & repetition – this makes the Play in a Day format totally accessible and inclusive.
– We reinforce learning and understanding throughout the day through questioning, break out activities and plenary games.
– Children are given costume and props and we integrate music during the day too!
– Around 2:30pm your invited audience arrive – this can be another class, the rest of the school and/or parents.
– The performance takes place – children put everything they’ve learnt into practice.
– Following wild applause, children are presented with a certificate and your class teacher gets a lovely resource pack of follow up activities to do in class.

Key messages of the Road Safety Play in a Day

– The importance of stopping, looking and listening when using the roads.
– Identifying key mistakes people make as a pedestrian – not being seen, crossing between parked cars, being distracted by technology, not finding a ‘safe’ place to cross.
– How to stay safe as a passenger – and let the driver concentrate!
– The importance of safety equipment / safety wear when cycling.
– The consequences of not being safe on the roads – including physical, medical, emotional and social consequences.

“Enjoyment was evident for the children – they loved every minute and they gained new understanding of road safety. I would definitely recommend Altru to other schools” Mr Griffiths, St Boniface R.C Primary, Salford