A teaching resource to enable students of different abilities to learn how to travel.
The Know Before You Go (KBYG) resource has been designed for teaching during tutor time as part of your PSHE/PSE/PCHE timetabling or to support the personal and social aspects of the courses listed in the curriculum links section of these notes.
The main aim of the resource is to provide travel advice to young people at an age when they are beginning to consider travelling alone or with peers for the first time.
Through this resource the students will develop an understanding of the steps they need to take before travelling abroad and where to go to get more information regarding their destination.
The KBYG resource materials have been developed to appeal to the 16-19 age group, providing real relevance for students and flexibility for teachers in tailoring learning to their individual class’ strengths and abilities. The important messages and learning goals are introduced using a suite of engaging support and stimulus materials through a single 35-60 minute Lesson Plan.
These materials include films, travel scenario cards and a holiday hot spots quiz. You can download the full set of teacher’s notes.
The lesson plan provides a suggestion for how the KBYG website resources can be used in their entirety to provide a one-off hour long session to a Key Stage 5 group of students. The standard format incorporates travel safety learning outcomes alongside curriculum lesson objectives and outcomes. Suggestions are also provided for differentiation and follow on, extension activities.
We anticipate that the film intro part of the session will take 20-30 minutes allowing ample time for discussion and development of key points. 20-25 minutes is sufficient for student activities allowing 10-15 minutes for plenary and/or assessment.
The KBYG Schools website resources can, however, support a number of courses and curriculum activities and can therefore be used in combination or isolation across a number of sessions and or curriculum areas. In order to support this level of flexibility we have provided alternative lesson suggestions for shorter sessions.
35 minute session
If you only have a short session time available we recommend that you show students the two sets of films, as described in the introduction and development sections of the Lesson Plan provided.
Set the Holiday Hot Spots Quiz as a homework activity to encourage students to visit the Foreign & Commonwealth website to find out first-hand about the information and advice available.
45-50 minute session
As above, show students the sets of films as described in the introduction and development sections of the lesson plan provided.
Set a tighter time limit on the development discussions before completing either the Travel Scenario Cards or optional role play assignment in groups. Students with lower literacy levels may find the role play activity with a given destination easier to complete within the lesson time.
Again, set the Holiday Hot Spots Quiz as a homework activity to encourage students to visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website to find out first-hand about the information and advice available.
Part 1 film clips portray the travel plans of four very different young people who are about to set off on holiday to various destinations.
Part 2 film clips reveal the outcome of their travels providing stimulus for discussion and wider research.
Where possible, teachers should view the films before the session - however, if this is not possible the there is a brief overview for each of our four characters and the desired learning outcomes within our teachers notes document.
Travel scenario cards
Important messages introduced during the films and discussion elements of the session are then reinforced using a group activity. This presents students with various travel scenarios and tasks them to use what they have learned about safe travel to identify gaps in the travel arrangements of the 12 individuals portrayed on the cards. There are 12 travel scenarios for students to consider.
Each scenario card introduces a young traveller and their travel plans. Some are better prepared than others, but none have followed the key advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in preparing for their trips.
In groups students need to identify the key elements missing from each of the young traveller’s plans. Students need to check that each young traveller has included all of the following key items and check any additional country specific requirements by accessing the traveller’s destination on the FCO’s country travel advice pages:
- all travellers should have done some research on their destination by visiting the Foreign & Commowealth Office website for up to date information about their destination or if they are planning a gap year or are travelling around a country
- all travellers need comprehensive insurance and some may need specialist insurance for adventurous activities and extreme sports
- all travellers require a valid British passport (some countries require a minimum of 6 months’ validity)
- some travellers will require a visa; entry requirements vary from country to country and also with respect to British status, age and criminal convictions
- if travelling to Europe travellers will require a European Health Insurance Card; this is in addition to comprehensive travel insurance
- all travellers should check out the medical requirements for their destination; some countries require treatment e.g. malaria tablets or vaccines before you travel
- all travellers should copy their travel information and keep copies separate from originals in case of emergencies
- all travellers should have a list of emergency contact details including the embassy and their insurance provider
When working with the Travel Scenario Cards, the FCO’s country travel advice pages, hold essential information on the 15 popular travel destinations, and will assist students to identify information needed to complete the tasks.
The lesson plan section outlines options for using these activities in class, in combination and as differentiation, to challenge and support students of varying abilities, or to continue provision beyond a single session.
Students should look for specific travel information for 15 popular destinations:
- Czech Republic
- United States of America
Holiday hot spots quiz
At the end of the session as part of the plenary, assessment or homework activity, students can complete the quiz to consolidate their knowledge and understanding of travel safety issues. This paper-based quiz, together with an optional extension activity and take home information leaflet, provides a full circle of learning for students, encouraging them to revisit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website for information beyond the requirements of the classroom.
The new teaching package of PSHE and associated vocational units from September 2010 is the Foundation Learning Tier and the Functional Skills Qualification. However, the KBYG resource materials are also suitable for use to support the Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) services provided by Integrated Youth Support Services such as Connexions and CEGNet.
Below is a list of courses which either provide a relevant learning strand within which to teach the KBYG travel safety messages or specifically incorporate a personal social development module through which to introduce the KBYG resource:
- Personal, Citizenship, Health and Economic wellbeing Education (PCHE/PSHEE)
- Personal and Social Studies (PSS)
- Personal Development (PD)
- Personal Social Development (PSD)
- Functional Skills Qualification
- PSHE elements of the Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills framework (PLTS)
- General Studies AS and A level qualification
- ASDAN Independent living, International links and Sport and Leisure AS modules
- CoPE 3 qualifications
- RSA opening minds framework
- personal and emotional development strands of the International and Welsh Baccalaureate
- other AS/A level courses containing relevant modules of study including:
- OCR Geography A
- OCR Travel and Tourism
- OCR Leisure Studies
- OCR/AQA MFL courses
- AQA Communication and Culture
- AQA/ Excedel Citizenship Studies
- consider social and moral dilemmas, including the varied attitudes and values underpinning some of the healthy lifestyle issues they encounter in their communities
- find information and advice, for example through websites, and learn how to provide information to others
- prepare for change, for example by anticipation the challenges of new and widening social groups as they get older
- prepare for change by considering the choices they may have to make
- an understanding of the issues relating to travel abroad
- an understanding that we are all responsible for our actions and the effects on ourselves and others
- to begin to understand that there are sources of information available to support effective travel planning
Safe travel fits within the scope of the Every Child Matters five outcomes:
- be healthy
- stay safe
- enjoy and achieve
- make a positive contribution
- achieve economic well-being
It also fits in with the associated ‘Youth Matters: Something to do, somewhere to go, someone to talk to’, extended learning outcomes for young people:
- empowering young people: Things to do and Places to go
- young people as citizens: making a contribution
- supporting choice: Information, Advice and Guidance
- all young people achieving: reforming targeted support
- making it happen