Keeping safe around trucks

Keeping safe around trucks - curriculum resources

Curriculum resources for young people to contribute, connect and extend their ideas about keeping safe around trucks on New Zealand roads.

These resources are designed to support deep learning. Learning activities are mapped against Levels 1-4 of the New Zealand Curriculum, which loosely align with Years 1-10 of school.

This means teachers can use these resources to select suitable learning experiences for students in primary, intermediate or secondary (Years 9-10) classes.*

Coverage includes:

  • Science
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Social Studies
  • Health and Physical Education

Trucks and truck drivers keep our country going. Truck drivers would like all students (walking, cycling or on scooters) to know that:

Trucks are big (tall and long) and heavy. When we share the roads with big and heavy vehicles like trucks, we need extra strategies to keep ourselves safe. Keep a safe distance from trucks at all times.  Do not play on or around trucks. Make sure you are visible around trucks.

*Note: this same set of curriculum resources is also listed in the primary resources section. Both listings are for the identical resource set.

Activities for finding out students’ ideas about safety around trucks.

Resources include articles and videos, “See Think Wonder” activities, and working in groups to create a 90-second video of a “mockumentary interview” with a “trucker” designed to capture one idea the trucker wishes they could share with students.

Mass matters. Use models to compare and contrast the stopping distance of vehicles with different mass. Plus other activities to connect ideas about mass, velocity, braking, blind spots and more.

Investigate the future of trucking from autonomous vehicles to new power sources. Students complete Fact – Explanation – Future Thinking cards. Or analyse a future trucking scenario and generate possible solutions.

Exemplar Fact – Explanation – Future Thinking cards for teacher use. Plus table of NZC achievement objectives.