Education about rail safety at Key Stages 1 and 2 (Scotland P1 to P6) provides safety awareness to young people in their early years.
We worked closely with teachers and students to develop resources that will help you to run fun, interactive activities that match different curriculum areas and deliver Ofsted requirements of PSHE teaching.
Forty per cent of the network is electrified; this will grow by 25 per cent by 2020, and as new routes are electrified we need to educate young people about the increased danger.
With over 6,100 level crossings around Britain, it is important that young people understand how to use them safely.
Electricity and the railway
PowerPoint slideshow with embedded videos and a quiz about electricity around the railway for Key Stages 1 and 2. Includes accompanying teacher's guide. PC and Mac versions.
Presentation - Electricity and the railway (zip, 162 MB)
NB when you unzip it, save the presentation and videos in the same folder.
Lesson plan activities
Issues covered include the dangers of electricity around the railway, the history of the railway and how the railway will be electrified. Activities include a quiz, a writing exercise and exploring what’s involved in decision making. Accompanying student worksheets are available below.
KS1 and 2 - Lesson plan activities - Electricity and the railway (pdf, 3.1 MB)
KS1 - Worksheet 1 - Electricity hotspots (pdf, 510 KB)
KS1 - Worksheet 2 - Spot the hazard (pdf, 160 KB)
KS1 - Worksheet 3 - Signs of danger (pdf, 110 KB)
KS1 - Worksheet 4 - Power jump (pdf, 110 KB)
KS2 - Worksheet 1 - Railway history (pdf, 170 KB)
KS2 - Worksheet 2 - Maths quiz (pdf, 70 KB)
KS2 - Worksheet 3 - Whose choice? (pdf, 220 KB)
KS1 and 2 - Worksheet set (pdf, 1.3 MB)
If you haven't held the assembly on electricity and the railway, we recommend using the assembly presentation (and supporting teacher's guide) to introduce the lesson.
PowerPoint slideshow with a video of our level crossings TV advert and an interactive quiz, for Key Stages 1 and 2.
We’ve also developed an accompanying guide to help make running the assembly as easy as possible.
Teacher’s guide to the assembly presentation (pdf, 12.5 MB)
Assembly presentation - Key Stages 1 and 2 (PowerPoint 97-2003, 13.1 MB. With link to download video.)
Assembly presentation - Key Stages 1 and 2 (PowerPoint 2007, 19 MB)
Assembly presentation - Key Stages 1 and 2 (PowerPoint for Apple Mac, 12.6 MB)
These resources will help you run engaging classes across a number of curriculum areas and cover rail safety issues including level crossings, electrification, and trespass and vandalism.
Lesson plan activities for Key Stages 1 and 2 (pdf, 4.7 MB)
Rail Life Safety Guide
This handy guide gives key facts and essential rail safety information for young people and those working with them. You can use it for background information or hand out copies to pupils to aid research and discussion.
Rail Life Safety Guide (pdf, 3.5 MB)
Get your class to design a safety poster and your school could win an iPad. The competition is open to KS2 and 3 classes in the Manchester and Warrington areas (see terms and conditions).
Poster competition pack (pdf, 890 KB)
You can use this file to create your own Live Wire stickers to hand out as part of your lesson.
Sticker (jpeg, 250 KB)
Animation showing how much electricity is flowing through overhead power lines.
Animated infographic (mp4, 5.5 MB)
Live News interview
Young children interview railway staff to find out more about electrification of the railway.
Live News interview (mov, 30.1 MB)
Cross Safe song
The song "Cross Safe" has been especially created to give children a fun way to remember how to stay safe at a level crossing.
The music, lyrics and actions can be downloaded below.
Cross Safe - song lyrics and actions (PowerPoint, 6.4 MB)
Cross Safe - lyric sheet (pdf, 330 KB)
Cross Safe - full song (mp3, 4.5 MB)
Cross Safe - music and lead vocal only (mp3, 4.5 MB)
Cross Safe - music only (mp3, 4.5 MB)
Each year we run an advertising campaign to highlight the dangers of level crossings.
Level crossings: See Track / Think Train (mp4, 6.7 MB)
Level crossings: They're not time wasters. They're life savers (mp4, 7.3 MB)
New technology and equipment
Watch computer generated images of how a new train is used to electrify the railway.
New Electrification Train - overview (wmv, 17 MB)
New Electrification Train - piling (wmv, 8.6 MB)
Electrification - local fact sheet
North West electrification fact sheet (pdf, 85 KB)