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 have 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.
We encourage you to use the resources below to raise awareness of electrification on the railway, level crossings and railway safety.
Electricity and the railway
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.
PowerPoint slideshow with embedded videos, a quiz about electricity around the railway for Key Stages 1 and 2 and accompanying teacher's guide.
When you unzip the folder, please save the videos and presentations 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.
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.
KS1 and 2 - Lesson plan activities - Electricity and the railway3 Mb
KS1 - Worksheet 1 - Electricity hotspots511 Kb
KS1 - Worksheet 2 - Spot the hazard155 Kb
KS1 - Worksheet 3 - Signs of danger109 Kb
KS1 - Worksheet 4 - Power jump111 Kb
KS2 - Worksheet 1 - Railway history647 Kb
KS2 - Worksheet 2 - Maths quiz71 Kb
KS2 - Worksheet 3 - Whose choice?217 Kb
KS1 and 2 - Worksheet set1 Mb
With over 6,100 level crossings around Britain, it is important that young people understand how to use them safely.
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.
Lesson plan activities
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.
Further supporting materials
Rail life safety guide3 Mb
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.
Live wire sticker252 Kb
You can use this file to create your own Live Wire stickers to hand out as part of your lesson.
Electricity and the railway videos
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.
The following TV advertising campaigns were launched to highlight the dangers of level crossings.
New technology and equipment
Watch computer generated images of how a new train is used to electrify the railway.