Learning outcomes by route

Bus ride into town

This route embraces more complex activities, as well as consolidating some activities from preceding routes. It focuses on independent travel by bus for a purpose. It also outlines the advantages of travel by bus.

Forward planning is emphasised throughout this route. Planning covers checking bus timetables, locating correct bus stops to use, and making sure that the traveller knows the route and where to get off the bus.

Preparation includes checking money (any journey costs and purchases), travel pass, mobile phone and house keys. Telling someone else about the plans is also recommended.

Travelling to the bus stop involves walking along the pavement, using a crossing if the stop is on the other side of the road, and waiting at the correct stop.

Behaviour as a bus passenger is outlined. Let other passengers get off the bus before getting on. Check with the driver that the bus is the correct one. Look for clues as to when the bus is in the town centre. Stay seated until it is time to get off. Recognise the push-button for the bell and use it as required. Ask the driver if this is the correct stop to get off the bus.

Using the roads safely in town. As there is more traffic here, extra care should be taken when walking with friends.

Successful completion of this route calls for a range of skills and teacher support may be required to build up the skills in stages. It is suggested that simple travel planning activities be undertaken in the classroom, using local bus timetables. Journey times can be calculated and discussions between learnerscan take place to work out how long should be allowed for walking to the shops, making purchases and so on.

Learners can draw their own simple plan of the route that they would take from their house or school to catch a bus. Some learners might also be encouraged to phone their local bus companies to ask about fares.

It is recommended that this route be backed up with a real bus journey undertaken by individuals or groups of learners, where the journey has been planned by learner(s) who may be accompanied by an adult for at least the first trip.