Last week, we talked about wardens and their roles in the community. We saw how wardens enforce laws by ensuring that everyone is driving safely, parking properly and seeing that towns and cities are kept clean. They manage traffic when the roads are busy, or when there is something blocking the road e.g. a big cranes. They are called out when two cars bump into each other.
We listened to a story about Officer Buckle which can be found on the e learning site (https://stcathsprejuniortopicwork.wikispaces.com/People+who+help+us). For the purpose of our lesson, we called we changed the officer’s name to Warden Buckle. The story was good to illustrate that the rules enforced by wardens are there for our own safety and therefore we must obey them at all times, not only not to get a fine but in order to keep ourselves safe. We concentrated mainly on the rules that affect the children’s lives at the moment – using appropriate car seats and seat belts in cars and the fact that children should never sit in the front passenger seat in a car. I hope that this topic may help you ensure your children’s compliance in obeying these safety rules.
The last session of this topic, I asked the children to imagine that they were wardens and to suggest a few rules that we should observe for our own safety. This is what they came up with:
- Do not hit, punch, pinch or fight with others
- Obey your mummy
- Always wear a seat belt
- Be careful when walking near a road
- Don’t stand on a swivel chair (this came out of the story); don’t jump on sofas or beds
- Play gently
- Look left and before crossing a road and cross at traffic lights if possible
- Don’t drive fast
The literacy link for this topic was letter w for warden. We also counted up to 18 – we added 18 musical notes to a picture of a warden who had to whistle 18 times because he had seen 18 situations where safety rules were not observed.