Havant children take to street with safety message

SPEED MESSAGE From left, Lottie Pinhorne, 10, Oliver Perkins, 11, Michael Newham, 10, Isabel Rushmere, 11, Maria Murphy, 10, and Eldrin Magnaye, 11, with leaflets and information board. Picture: Sarah Standing (133551-1820)

SPEED MESSAGE From left, Lottie Pinhorne, 10, Oliver Perkins, 11, Michael Newham, 10, Isabel Rushmere, 11, Maria Murphy, 10, and Eldrin Magnaye, 11, with leaflets and information board. Picture: Sarah Standing (133551-1820)

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YOUNGSTERS have been making their own road safety leaflets to hand out to parents.

Year 6 pupils at St Thomas More’s Primary School in Havant have been studying road safety for the past few weeks.

To mark the end of the topic, a group of children gathered outside the school gates during the morning rush hour and handed out leaflets.

Year 6 teacher Shane Crozier said: ‘We have been looking at different aspects of road safety around the school and the Havant area.

‘It’s so important for all children coming to school that they are safe on the journey to and from school.

‘Particularly around our school where there is limited parking – it’s about ensuring that parents and other members of the public are parking in the correct places and not on the pavement.’

The children split up into groups to look at the different aspects of road safety, including parking, crossing the road and being safe on a bike.

They took part in different activities including a questionnaire about road safety with people in Havant town centre.

They also learnt about how important it is not to be distracted by the use of mobile phones.

And Mr Crozier said the topic has been a big hit with the children.

‘As our Year 6 pupils move to secondary school they will be more independent,’ he said.

‘This has been a campaign within the school for quite a while. It’s been a real team effort.’

Children at the school also found the topic useful.

Isabelle Rushmere, 11, said: ‘It’s good because it’s busy on the road by the school and we can learn about keeping safe while we are helping other people.’

Lottie Pinhorne, 10, said: ‘We learn how it works for when we get older.

‘It’s good for drivers as well to make sure they are aware on the roads.

‘We want to make sure that all cyclists wear helmets and hi-vis jackets.’

Oliver Perkins, 11, added: ‘Quite a few people walk to school when we get to secondary school so it’s important to know how to cross the road safely.’

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