Friday, 6 January 2012

Safe in the dark

As part of our seasons badge, we were learning about the best clothes to wear for walking around the city on the early dark evenings. Here in Edinburgh it starts getting dark just after School is finished. 22nd December was the shortest day of the year in 2011 and the sun came up at 08:43 and set at 15:40, meaning we had less than 7 hours of daylight!

There are lots of good websites with online activities for road safety, I especially like Tales of the Road and there are some good printable worksheets here. We used the last couple of pages of the "Streetsense level C booklet - Activity 1" To design a jacket and a backpack with reflective and fluorescent materials.

Of course we also had a bit of fun with dressing up!

We discussed how best to be seen in the dark (wearing reflective things), how best to be seen when it's nearly dark or foggy (BRIGHT) and how not to dress (all in dark colours).  

It was a lot of fun. We have a few more things left to do to get our Winter Seasons badge because we have already learnt about different Winter festivals. We'll be finishing that off at the beginning of next term.

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