We went for a walk through Papatoetoe to practise our Road Safety skills. Up St George Street to the crossing outside Papatoetoe Central School, then back down the other side. We went along Wilmay avenue and into Glen Avenue too.
We stopped at the kerb. We looked and listened too. We know we should look Right, Left, and then Right again. Keep alert and walk smartly across the road.
We know we should use special crossings when we see them. Sometimes it is a ‘zebra crossing’ with stripy white lines. Sometimes it is at the lights where there is a big intersection of roads. There we push the buzzer and wait until the red man turns into the walking green man.
As we walked along the footpath we looked at all the road signs and road markings. What did they mean?
Outside Papatoetoe Central School we looked at the signs on the fence. there were several about Road Safety we enjoyed reading.
We walked through Papatoetoe, along the main street and got to the Old Papatoetoe Train Station. We were ready for a little rest after all that walking! We saw two trains go past. An electric passenger train and a diesel goods or freight train! Both trains tooted very loudly when they saw us, so we waved to them!!!
We talked about our walk. We looked around the outside of the station and read all the signs. We walked round the platform and looked at the train tracks.We talked about the old things we saw, like the telephone box, the blackboards, the big clock and the wagon for the luggage. Mrs de Koning talked about when she was young and the station was right next to the line, where the new station now is. She went to the city in the train with her brother and Mum and Nana. We hear about how things have changed!
While we were at the station we sang a song and said a poem. Do you like them?