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Students remove earbuds and look for trains at pedestrian rail crossing.

Curriculum resources for New Zealand students learning to learn about safety near railways, especially the electrified rail networks in Auckland and Wellington.

Updated 2023

Written by Pam Hook.

Key questions and concepts include:

  • What is worth knowing and doing as a citizen around places on the electrified rail network?
  • When you are a citizen you belong, you matter and you make a difference.
  • Citizens work together to create safe journeys for everyone around the electrified rail network.

All resources are aligned to the New Zealand Curriculum using SOLO Taxonomy. Teachers can select and modify learning intentions and activities to suit the needs of their students.

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Rail safety curriculum resource by learning area

General resources

Rail safety overview [DOCX, 185 KB]

Rail safety internet links [DOCX, 197 KB]

Rubrics for Key Competencies [DOCX, 246 KB]


How can I write an opinion (or argument) to make a difference to the safety of citizens using the rail network?

Rail safety English [DOCX, 231 KB]


What measurements, shapes, positions or orientations will help keep citizens safe on the electrified rail network?

Rail safety mathematics [DOCX, 206 KB]


What action would best keep citizens safe around the electrical energy used to move trains on the electrified rail network?

Rail safety science [DOCX, 341 KB]

Social sciences

How can we take action to keep citizens safe when they interact with places on the electrified rail network?

Rail safety social sciences [DOCX, 193 KB]

Other rail safety resources

New for 2023 is the song Stop Look Listen and Think. Music video, audio files and printable lyrics are here: 

Rail safety song – video and all resources

Virtual Field Trips include videos and online learning activities. Run by LEARNZ, these are focused on rail safety:

Digital innovation: Transforming rail safety

TranzAlpine: a STEM learning journey with a view

Rail safety 2019 – more sustainable journeys in Aotearoa New Zealand

Rail Safety 2020 virtual field trip

Learn about keeping safe around railway tracks in this video, made by Kaitiaki o Ara SADD students.

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