New online sustainable travel teaching resource launched

Go Smarter, the sustainable transport programme for Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, has launched an improved website offering free resources aimed at helping teachers promote walking, cycling and public transport to their pupils.

Go Smarter, the sustainable transport programme for Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, has launched an improved website offering free resources aimed at helping teachers promote walking, cycling and public transport to their pupils.

The new site - www.sgsteachingresources.co.uk - hosts a range of resources developed to complement primary curriculum suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils. Resources for Foundation Stage will be developed over the next year.

The teaching resources, which were previously hosted on the ‘TravelMatters’ website, have been downloaded by hundreds of teachers from all over the UK to help promote sustainable travel and road safety.

To assist selection, resources are all categorised by subject, including Literacy, PSHE and Science.  Busy head teachers can also easily find useful assembly resources, all on the theme of sustainable travel and road safety. 

The classroom resources are designed to be engaging and informative and cover topics such as the Green Cross Code, air pollution and active lifestyles. Clever play scripts, which help pupils learn through drama and performance, can also be found on the site.

A number of resources have been designed specifically to assist pupils when they make the transition from primary to secondary school by providing information on travelling sustainably on their new journeys. A video which aims to encourage and reassure pupils about bus travel to their new school is just one of the resources available in this section, and accompanies Schools Go Smarter’s successful ‘Suss the Bus’ campaign.

Siobhan Bowery, Transport Planner at Gateshead Council who has been instrumental in developing these resources said: “It’s very important that we educate young people about sustainable travel, since travel has an impact on so many areas of our lives and the environment. By reaching pupils at an early age we can show them the benefits of an active lifestyle and the negative impact cars can have on our health and environment, before their travel habits are too established to change easily.

“Because the resources on Go Smarter’s www.sgsteachingresources.co.uk fit neatly into the curriculum, teachers can use them as part of wider lesson plans. They’re a fantastic way to bring sustainable and active travel into the classroom.”

Go Smarter has been funded through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund since 2011and runs until 31 March 2016. A number of popular projects that are currently offered as part of Schools Go Smarter have secured additional funding so that schools and their pupils in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland can continue to benefit from sustainable and active travel initiatives.

For more information about the Schools Go Smarter teaching resources, visit www.sgsteachingresources.co.uk