UK train and bus operator Go-Ahead’s new education programme ‘Go-Learn’ is an ideal way of introducing public transport to pupils. It aims to help children and young people improve their knowledge of public transport and develop skills for independent travel. It also raises their awareness of the social, economic and environmental benefits of using buses and trains rather than cars.
David Brown, Group Chief Executive of Go-Ahead, said: “Our rail and bus services have a key role to play in the communities they serve and will become an increasingly important mode of travel for the next generation. We are committed to providing a safe, efficient and sustainable transport service and to equipping young people with the skills and knowledge they need to travel independently and with confidence on buses and trains.”
Go-Learn is free to download and uses the theme of public transport to deliver a range of informative and engaging resources which are mapped against the National Curriculum for literacy and numeracy (ages 4-7 and 7-11) and PSHE and citizenship (for ages 12-14).
Downloadable fact and worksheet topics include:
- Different forms of public transport and their relevance in urban and rural settings
- Bus tickets (coins, change and working out fares)
- Environmental benefits of public transport
- Timekeeping and understanding timetables
- Safety when using public transport
- The causes, consequences and impacts of anti-social behaviour on public transport
- The importance of team work and communications in the workplace
Activities for pupils include whole-class and group discussions, individual written tasks and opportunities to carry out research. Word glossaries, extension tasks and suggestions for further study are also provided.
Go-Learn is free to download from www.go-ahead.com/go-learn