Ready, steady, go! Children’s sports day reminder to go safely with Ziggy

Primary pupils from Carradale and Drumlemble enjoyed an egg and spoon race with Ziggy during their joint sports day.
Primary pupils from Carradale and Drumlemble enjoyed an egg and spoon race with Ziggy during their joint sports day.

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Children at Carradale and Drumblemble Primary Schools were treated to a special sports day visit from loveable Road Safety Scotland character Ziggy.

The visit was a competition prize won by the schools as part of the ongoing ‘Go Safe with Ziggy’ campaign, which helps equip children and parents with the skills, knowledge and attitudes that will help keep children safe on our roads now and in later life.

Pupils welcomed Ziggy to their joint sports day at Drumlemble Primary School, where they had fun taking part in a race.

They also heard a reading of the road safety book Ziggy’s Sports Day.

The children were read the road safety book Ziggy's Sports Day.
The children were read the road safety book Ziggy’s Sports Day.

‘We have been learning about road safety in school and we love using the Ziggy resources in the classroom,’ said Emma Cairns, depute head teacher at Carradale and Drumblemble Primary Schools.

‘Everyone was so excited to welcome Ziggy to our joint sports day – not only did the children get to show Ziggy how much they’ve practised, but they learned some fun and important road safety messages too.’

The youngsters were eager to learn all about road safety during Ziggy's visit.
The youngsters were eager to learn all about road safety during Ziggy’s visit.

Michael McDonnell, Road Safety Scotland director, said: ‘It is important that children are immersed in positive road safety attitudes from a young age, both in the classroom and at home.

‘We know that early experiences shape children’s future behaviour, reiterating the importance of practising and teaching safe road habits.

‘Ziggy is a fun character with an important role and visits like these will help put invaluable skills into practice and create lasting memories.’

Written by children’s author Lynda Kennedy and illustrated by Lynn Taylor, the Go Safe with Ziggy books are freely available to all early learning and childcare centres and P1 classes in Scotland, and parents and teachers have access to online resources and activity ideas.

The Ziggy series is also available in Scots and Gaelic.

Books can be ordered on roadsafety.scot/ziggy-order.

Ziggy competitions run regularly throughout the year, with all details available on Road Safety Scotland’s social media channels: Facebook @roadsafetyscotland and Twitter @RoadSafetyScot.

For more information about Go Safe with Ziggy, visit roadsafety.scot/ziggy-online.