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Pupils at a Fenland school have had lessons in road safety and in particular how to stay safe around lorries.

Key Stage 1 children from the Anthony Curton School, in Walpole St Peter, had a day learning valuable safety lessons thanks to representatives from a local haulage firm.

CEVA Logistics, which has a base in Wisbech, run a community outreach project where trucks and drivers visit schools to promote road safety awareness.

Driver Richard with pupils Jacob, Harrison and Kacper.
Driver Richard with pupils Jacob, Harrison and Kacper.

Every day in the UK, six children are killed or seriously injured on the roads and CEVA aim to educate children about the dangers of being near traffic. The company have set up CLASS – which stands for CEVA Logistics and School Safety, and which supports Road Safety Week.

Anthony Curton children were visited by lead driver trainers, Richard and Shaun, who have 80+ years

of service between them, and Sarah Mount, head of business improvement at CEVA. They walked the children all around the lorry and explained about driver blind spots and danger zones.

Key Stage 1 children from the Anthony Curton School were told about the dangers of blind spots around lorries.
Key Stage 1 children from the Anthony Curton School were told about the dangers of blind spots around lorries.

They discussed various topics surrounding road safety and took time to hear the children’s views and opinions. The children were also shown how to translate those ideas and topics into their everyday lives.

Each received a CLASS certificate upon completion, and the children all agreed that the best part of the day was getting to climb up onto the driver’s cab. The session was free of charge as the company just wants to reach out to as many schools as possible.

Sarah said: “It is our mission to visit every single school in the whole of the UK to get our message across about how important it is to be aware of the dangers on our roads.”

Key Stage 1 children from the Anthony Curton School, Walpole St Peter, had a day learning about how to keep safe around lorries. (57984817)
Key Stage 1 children from the Anthony Curton School, Walpole St Peter, had a day learning about how to keep safe around lorries. (57984817)

Year 1 teacher, Charlotte Cadman, said: “We really hope the children learnt a lot from today, and remember to be extra vigilant around all types of traffic.”

And Tessa Collison, Year 2, added: “We are very grateful to CEVA for the amount of time they spent with us and how they made the children’s learning so much fun!”

The children each received a goody bag containing their certificate, website information, fun packs to colour, as well as a water bottle with the CEVA logo on it.

Key Stage 1 children from the Anthony Curton School, Walpole St Peter, had a day learning about how to keep safe around lorries. (57984811)
Key Stage 1 children from the Anthony Curton School, Walpole St Peter, had a day learning about how to keep safe around lorries. (57984811)
Pupils Poppy, Luna and Kallum have a go in one of the trucks with driver Richard.
Pupils Poppy, Luna and Kallum have a go in one of the trucks with driver Richard.

To learn more about the outreach scheme contact Ceva Logistics.



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