Be part of something BIG!
We have a new edition of our Big Street Survey, an exciting curriculum resource enabling pupils to investigate the area around their school and create a manifesto on how to make their streets safer and greener. More activities, more resources and even more fun.
Working both inside and outside the classroom, pupils explore what they like and dislike about their neighbourhood, before using their manifesto to lobby decision-makers and elected representatives at national and local level to make their changes happen.
“It was a brilliant afternoon. The pupils enjoyed themselves and learnt so much. They are still talking about it today.” - Leader of School Learning, Sunnydale Community College
All the resources are free and available to download below.
Designed by a Sustrans schools officer and qualified Geography teacher, alongside other Sustrans education officers, it meets numerous curriculum objectives, with various cross-curriculum opportunities - there are lesson plans for each of the devolved nations, both for older primary pupils and younger secondary students.
Watch this two-minute clip and be inspired by the pupils of one Sheffield primary who recently did their survey.
Shout about it!
We'd love to see the manifestos and use them to campaign at a national level for safer streets for young people to travel and play in - you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to The Big Street Survey, Sustrans, 2 Cathedral Square, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5DD. Please note that submission of a manifesto will count as consent for Sustrans to use them.
Some schools have organised forums to discuss their work with local experts and decision-makers - others have received visits from their MPs. They can be long, they can be short... here are some examples submitted:
- Sunnydale presentation (PPT 9MB) - slideshow presentation from a Year 7
- Enjoying Escomb's streets (Word) - simple bullet list
- Making Shildon greener (PDF) - simple bullet list
If you are receiving local media coverage, do let us know (in advance if possible) by contacting our Press team on email@example.com or 0207 7807 231.
Download the resources
- Guidance notes (PDF) - a succinct overview , plus useful tips on how to lobby decision-makers and elected representatives
- Pupils' Handbook (PDF) - for pupils to fill in their ideas, survey their streets and create their manifesto. Print A4 size, fold to A5
- Teachers' short PowerPoint - short version for all year groups
- Teachers' long PowerPoint Primary - long version for primary years
- Teachers' long PowerPoint Secondary - long version for secondary years
- Street Trumps (PDF) - lesson resource
- Street Scenarios (PDF) - lesson resource
- Street Scenarios (Word) - editable to create your own
- Street Actions with interventions included (PDF) - lesson resource
- Street Actions blank for your own interventions (PDF) - lesson resource
Lesson plans (for each curriculum)
- Lesson Plan England KS2 Part 1 (PDF) - a written guide with curriculum links
- Lesson Plan England KS2 Part 2 (PDF)
- Lesson Plan England KS2 2-hour version (PDF)
- Lesson Plan Northern Ireland KS2 Part 1 (PDF)
- Lesson Plan Northern Ireland KS2 Part 2 (PDF)
- Lesson Plan Northern Ireland KS2 2-hour version (PDF)
- Lesson Plan Scotland P6-7 Part 1 (PDF)
- Lesson Plan Scotland P6-7 Part 2 (PDF)
- Lesson Plan England KS3 Part 1 (PDF)
- Lesson Plan England KS3 Part 2 (PDF)
- Lesson Plan England KS3 Part 3 (PDF)
- Lesson Plan England KS3 2-hour version (PDF)
- Lesson Plan Northern Ireland KS3 Part 1 (PDF)
- Lesson Plan Northern Ireland KS3 Part 2 (PDF)
- Lesson Plan Northern Ireland KS3 Part 3 (PDF)
- Lesson Plan Northern Ireland KS3 2-hour version (PDF)
- Lesson Plan Scotland S1-3 Part 1 (PDF)
- Lesson Plan Scotland S1-3 Part 2 (PDF)
- Lesson Plan Scotland S1-3 Part 3 (PDF)
- Lesson Plan Scotland all years 2-hour version (PDF)
Sustrans is a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.
Sustrans works with communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people can choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys and enjoy better, safer spaces to live in. All over the UK, we make a positive difference to people's lives.
We help people think about and change the travel choices they make. Through our work to create better walking and cycling links, including the National Cycle Network, we're providing the space to make sure sustainable travel is not just a choice: it's the most obvious and convenient option.
And we have a vision:
By 2020 we want 4 out of 5 local journeys to be made by bike, foot or public transport. That's double the current figure. It's a big challenge, but with your help we know we can do it.