Curriculum resources that support New Zealand primary students learning to stay safe near railways.
Most children in the Canterbury town of Waipara cross railway tracks on their way to and from school each day. As a consequence, Waipara School ran a series of lessons in which children learned about staying safe next to rail.
“Expect Trains” is the theme for Rail Safety Week. Young people need to stay alert and keep safe whenever they are around stations and level crossings. Rail Safety Week runs from 10-16 August 2015. This is a good time for teachers to work with students on deepening their knowledge of safety near the rail network. Pam Hook is the writer of rail safety curriculum resources published by the NZ Transport Agency.
Waimairi School students learned what it takes to bring a train to a stop, by having a go themselves on the controls of a realistic simulator. The portable simulator, housed in a converted freight container, is used by KiwiRail for training drivers. The students visited the simulator in Christchurch during Rail Safety Week. It is fitted out inside like the cab of a real locomotive, with controls including throttle and brake, and a computer screen that simulates the view ahead along rail…