Getting to school safely on the bus or on foot

Making their own way to school helps children to develop their independence. As an alternative to being driven to school by their parents, for example, they can get there on the school bus or on foot. This helps train behaviour patterns that are key when it comes to staying safe around traffic.

The updated MobileKids educational materials feature a new module dedicated to safety on the way to school, including practical suggestions for teachers, with detailed flowcharts and study materials to print out.

A new module has been added to the existing, free educational materials, developed in partnership with Klett MINT.

The 6 modules are now as follows:

  • Module 1: See and be seen
  • Module 2: Crossing the street
  • Module 3: Riding your bike
  • Module 4: Being a road user
  • Module 5: Getting to school
  • Module 6: Mobility of the future

The module begins with a brief introduction to the subject. This is followed by knowledge modules and practical suggestions for teachers, with detailed flowcharts and study materials to print out. The practical suggestions specifically relate to the world of schoolchildren and are designed to help them explore their environment on foot and by bus.

Taking the bus to school

The bus is one of the safest means of transport and is particularly relevant to older primary school pupils. But it's important that they know how to behave at bus stops and in the bus so as not to put themselves or anyone else in danger. For example:

  • Keep a safe distance from the kerb
  • Let other passengers off before you get on
  • Don't push or shove
  • Be considerate to others
  • Hold on to the grab handles provided in the bus
  • When getting off, look out for other road users such as cyclists or cars

The practical teaching suggestions in module 5 not only help children to learn safety rules - they also learn about consideration for others and about the organisational aspects of taking the bus.

Alongside the worksheets, the films "Busfahren – So geht es gut!" and "Busfahren – So bitte nicht!" by the transport association Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB) highlight the dos and don'ts of taking the bus, helping to visualise rules of behaviour.

Walking to school

There are many ways to get to school. The shortest way isn't always the safest. Children should always take a route that features quiet roads, zebra crossings, traffic lights or other crossing aids. It is important to go over the children's routes to school and look at how safe they are. The educational materials refer here to the Safety Map, which offers an overview of safe and unsafe traffic points. Children can use it to draw their own route to school using the online School Route Planner and print it out.

For years now MobileKids has been offering free educational materials to support traffic education in schools. The materials are designed so that they can be easily integrated into the curriculum's road safety learning units