Blackburn Rovers Community Trust has recently been working with 115 Year 6 pupils from local schools on a Road Safety animation project, which was joint-funded between the Blackburn with Darwen Community Road Safety Grant and the Trust.
Blackburn with Darwen has very high child road casualty rates and so, while the pupils from St Michael with St John, Wensley Fold, St Silas and Sacred Heart schools enjoyed an exciting day of creativity at the Ewood Park's Education Centre, they were also given key messages about road safety, including the importance of wearing a seatbelt and how to be a safe cyclist.
Tasked with persuading the younger children in their school to keep safe near the road, the pupils worked in small groups to plan and write their short stories before setting about developing and modelling the characters through which they chose to tell their cautionary tales of the dangers of the road and to demonstrate the importance of the Green Cross Code. Using Apple MacBook computers and video cameras the children finally brought their characters and stories to life using stop-motion animation technique.
All the hard work of the day paid off as each class received copy of their animation work on DVD to take with them to share with their school community.