Wirral Council’s Road safety team commissioned Splinter and partners Liverpool John Moore’s university to produce Sophie’s Journey: a PSHE/Maths Key stage 4 learning resource for Wirral schools.
The CDROM and printed pack have been produced to address the main aims of the project which were to embed Road Safety into the National Curriculum as a means of targeting pre-drivers to communicate the principles and benefits of road safety.
Splinter carried out a consultation that included focus testing, questionnaires and interviews with 14-17 year olds, road safety specialists and teachers. We also consulted community stakeholders e.g. Road Peace, emergency services etc. The report recommended a media rich CDROM and printed pack that would appeal to teachers, parents and children with varied IT skills, road safety knowledge and curricular abilities. We also ensured the materials accommodated different learning styles. Each of the 5 lessons on the CDROM include rich media including video, flash interactives, audio, PDF downloads & html links.
There are 5 lessons, 4 with a PSHE focus and a maths lesson. They can be taught with or without the use of the interactive CDROM. By teaching road traffic awareness in the classroom we hope young people will learn valuable lessons, gain a greater understanding of risk and be safer.
The learning materials include teacher and pupil evaluation forms so the project’s long term pedagogical aims can be evaluated.