On Thursday 5th May the Harinui Syndicate went for a Safety Walk through the streets of Papatoetoe. We got ready in our new fluro vests and were sorted into 5 groups.
We walked sensibly in lines on the footpath and talked about all the things we saw and did.
Mrs B talks safety
Are we ready to go/
Here we go!
Walking on the path
The car park can be dangerous
Stay on the path away from the road
Watch where you walk
June-Maria’s Mum carries the first aid kit
Past another school car park
We made sure that we walked at a steady pace along the path. We tried not to step on other people’s shoes or trip them up. When someone else was walking towards us we moved to the left so they could pass by us on the foot path. We were carefully sharing a space. People should not have to walk on the grass to get around us! We were showing good manners and care for others.
Stay a step
away from the curb
Always use a crossing if you can
We walked along checking driveways
We talked about which side of the car to get out of
We thought about being safe
We checked out sneaky driveways
We waited for cars to go into drives
We talked about good and bad places to play
Another sneaky driveway
We read a lot of signs
We looked at the address where the garage sale was going to be!
Next we continued along the road and headed for the park to show Mrs B where it was. We stopped at the pedestrian crossing at the lights and pushed the button. Then we waited until it was time to go at the buzzer. The cars stopped for us and then it was safe to cross the road.
We looked at gates
We talkked aobut how gates make us safe
We read the road signs
We talked about things to do in the park
We walked to the lights
We pushed the button and waited
We waited for the cars to pass
At the buzzer we walked across
Then the cars continued ot go past
The cars obey the lights
Cars are hard and move fast
We cross the road and head for the park
We walked along the footpath, past the bank, the toilets adn the bus stop. We talked about safety in using them.
Road signs direct the cars
Here is the public toilet. Always go with a caregiver
The bus stop shelters you as you wait
The bus stop space
No cars should park here
You can see the bus coming through the windows in the shelter
Walking along the path
Waiting for traffic to pass so we can go across the drive way
We can see the playground in the distance
Walking through the gateway towards the playground
Then as we walked into the park we met one of the Papatoetoe Town Centre Ambassadors. Dave volunteers as an ambassador. His job is to keep the people coming to the shops safe and offer them help and advice is they need it. He has a uniform and a special badge. He also has a walkie-talkie. He talked to us about his job and we asked him questions.
Dave the ambassador
See his uniform
He has a special badge and hat
He has a walkie-talkie
No dogs in the playground
The fence keeps us safe
We out rubbish in the bin
We walk on further
A building site is fenced
Another car park
We walk carefully watching for cars with drivers
Then across the pedestrian crossing we go!
We walked through the New World store and talked about suitable behaviour in a shop. Do you run? Do you shout? Do you touch things? No – no – no!
We are always quiet and sensible. We walk and respect that others are doing their shopping around us. We listen to the adults who are with us when they ask us to do something.
A parent/caregiver parking space
The shopping hours
Sitting in the middle of the mall
There are lots of people in the store
Do you need a trolley?
You can hold the rail as you walk
Empty shops in the mall
The entry onto the store
A hand rail up the ramp to the shops
Waiting at the crossing
No smoking, no running, no dogs, no children in the front of the trolley
A sign saying aobut the refurbishment of the Papatoetoe Mall
Here are the check-out operators
A disabled parking space
Talking about how we should behave
Out of the mall we crossed the road and walked past some road works. We named all the safety equipment we saw along the way. Some things kept the shoppers safe, some things kelp the drivers safe and some things kept the road workers safe.
We walked back across the road and past the CAB (the citizens advice bureau) this is a voluntary group who help people with information about the things they need to know. They can tell you which person you should contact for help if you need to know about buses, shops, doctors or other services to make your life easier. We also met another ambassador. We saw 3 altogether!
Alvaro pushes the button
He waits for the buzzer to go
A mosaic mural
Taking a rest
Ana an ambassador
The loading dock at New World. The trucks drive in here
Then we went on to the playground. We looked at the safety gate and the fences. We talked about sharing with the other children at the playground. Also we made sure we played safely and with concern for others. We were helpful and kind.
We had a super time on our safety walk. We learned a lot. We did a lot of walking too. We arrived back at school in time for lunch.