Today, Thursday 4th May Mrs de Koning and 2 parent helpers went on a Road Safety Walk in to Old Papatoetoe. We left the school wearing our fluro vests. These are a bright colour and the drivers of the cars can see us. We started to walk along the footpath, holding our buddy’s hand.
As we walked along we made sure we were walking carefully. We looked at other people walking along too. We made room for them on the footpath when they went past us. We looked at the cars parked on the side of the road. We learned where to stop to cross the road. On the side of the path, but not too close to the road.
We looked out for sneaky driveways. They are long and drivers can not see us on the footpath when they drive out of the driveways. We saw some carparks and busy streets too. When we got to the lights we stopped and pushed the button at the crossing. We waited to see to green man appear and hear the buzzer say we could cross the road safely.
Soon we were happy to see the playground on Wallace Road, near the New World carpark. It is a safe playground because there is a fence right around it with a special safety gate children cannot open. The children ran, skipped, jumped and walked. They went all all the playground equipment. They talked and shouted and squealed! We had a lot of fun. The parents helped us on some of the equipment.
We were good at hanging, climbing, sliding and crawling. We took turns and shared the playground equipment. We watched each other adn tried to join in with the different activities others could do.
On the ground there was soft bark. If we fell over we did not get hurt. On the bark we saw some autumn leaves. They were not green any more! They had turned red, yellow and orange.
Soon it was time to walk back to school in time for morning tea break. Back along the street we went, retracing our steps. We saw a security van delivering money to the bank, a police car, buses, trucks, vans and cars too! We learned a lot about being responsible for our own safety when walking near and crossing roads. Adults help keep us safe but we need to be careful and focused as well, thinking aobut keeping ourselves safe.