Students will examine the materials and features of a safe bicycle helmet and communicate how this contributes to rider safety and comfort.
Students will be able to correctly fit a helmet.
Time: 60 minutes
15 -30 bicycle helmets (students own if possible)
Additional teacher information
Design and technology
Year 3/4 - ACTDEK013
Year 5/6 - ACTDEK023
Health & Physical Education
Year 3/4 - ACPPS036
Year 5/6 - ACPPS054
Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing
Critical and creative thinking
Focus on the observable characteristics that they can see or feel rather than the names of the materials. Encourage students to consider whether the materials are a good choice for the purpose of a helmet.
For more capable students consider having them create a design brief for helmets in the future. (DT Yr 7/8 - Independently develop criteria for success to evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions and their sustainability (ACTDEP038)).
Discuss the safe helmet factsheet and letter with parent/ caregiver
Student learning journal – safe helmet check
If students thought they needed to wear a hat on their helmet this is a good opportunity to discuss why not (difficult to fit correctly, can cause the helmet to slide on head).
If students have difficulty adjusting the straps encourage them to be persistent and help each other rather than expect you to do it for them.
E.g. Practise adjusting straps at home, ask a friend for help
Student learning journal – correct helmet fit.