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These resources have been developed for pre-primary students but can be modified for all early learners.

  • Time

    30 minutes

  • Curriculum links

    ACPPS007 - Participate in play that promotes engagement with outdoor settings and the natural environment

  • Learning goals

    Understand how to be safe in the outdoors through play in natural environments

  • Resources

    - Lochie and Lara play safe clip
    - Play safe worksheet (PDF)
    - A large open space

  • Lesson sequence

    Begin by asking students where they like to play. Explain that some places we are safe and others are not. For example in the playground is safe, on the road is not safe.

    Introduce Lochie the Linesman. His job is to look after the powerlines and poles. He knows where it is safe to play outside.
    Play the Lochie & Lara video clip and remind children that powerlines are what bring all the power to their homes so they need to always play away from them as well as green domes and substations.

    Tell students that Lochie has a game he's asked teachers to play with their pre-primary students to teach them how to play safe outdoors. Instruct students to listen very carefully and do what Lochie says. If Lochie doesn’t say, then they need to stand still.

    Play “Lochie Says”
    e.g. Lochie says jog in the park
    Lochie says wriggle in the garden
    Lochie says hop in the play ground
    Fly a kite near a powerline
    Jump on a green dome
    Lochie says swim in the pool

    Continue playing until you have one student left.
    This student is the safety captain like Lochie.

    Ask children if they remember all of the safe places to play?
    Which places are dangerous?
    Why are they dangerous?
    What should they do if they are in a dangerous place to play?
    (e.g. fly a kite away from powerlines like at the beach or park).


  • Extension

    Ask children to draw safe places they can play with Lochie the Linesman and their friends.

  • Time

    30 minutes required

  • Curriculum Links

    ACPPS006 - Identify actions that promote health, safety and well being.

  • Learning Goals

    1. Recognise safety symbols at home and in water and road environments.
    2. Read and practice following warning signs.

  • Resources

    - PowerPoint of different signs
    - Staying Safe with Signs (PDF) worksheet

  • Lesson Sequence

    Begin by asking students to imagine they are riding in the car with an adult. Ask them what the adult should do if they come to a stop sign (display image of stop sign).

    Show a green traffic light and ask what the driver should do next.

    Discuss what might happen if drivers did not follow traffic signs and signals.

    Brainstorm ways that students get to school, to a friend's house, or to the park. Be sure to include walking and cycling.

    Ask students to consider if they need to follow the traffic signs and signals like cars do? Why or why not?

    Continue by asking students if they should follow warning signs when choosing safe places to play? Around substations (display danger sign), flying a kite (overhead powerlines), dangerous waters (display strong current sign).

    Use the Warning Signs PowerPoint to display each of the safety signs and signals and discuss what each one means and where it might be displayed. Some you will have already displayed and others students may not be familiar with.

    Once students are familiar with the signs invite them all to stand. Explain that they’re going to play a game, similar to musical statues. Instead of dancing students pretend to play but they need to watch the smartboard for a sign that warns them it’s not safe. When a sign comes up that warns them it’s not safe to play they need to stop moving and be a statue. If a student is still moving then they are asked to sit down and help be a Safety Judge. The last students standing are the winners.

  • Extension

    Distribute Warning Signs (PDF) worksheet and explain to students they need to finish the warning signs. The shapes have been drawn but they the detail. E.g. stop in a hexagon, lightning bolt in a triangle, do not swim in a circle.

    When the students have finished, pair them with a partner to discuss their signs worksheet and explain to their partner what each one means.