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PROJECT WORK WITHIN THE SUBJECT LEARNING ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE COMBINED CLASSES OF 1ST AND 2ND GRADES "ANALYSIS OF PUPIL TRAFFIC SAFETY IN THE VICINITY OF THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PODRUŽNICA IVANA CANKARJA KOŠAKI"
We provide better traffic safety for pupils by learning about traffic, raising awareness of other traffic participants and ensuring a safe school environment. Experts identify that the youngest traffic participants are the most vulnerable and, therefore, more can be done to provide better traffic safety. The worst traffic accidents happen because of high speed. In the introduction of this article, the author defines one of the modern approaches, project based learning, and the importance of this in teaching the subject Learning about the Environment in elementary school. In the second part of the article, the emphasis is on demonstrating the application of theory in practice, as part of the classroom project "Analysis of pupil traffic safety in the vicinity of the elementary school Podružnica Ivana Cankarja Košaki". An example of project work within the theme Transport is shown, which the author realized in the combined classes of 1st and 2nd grades at the elementary school OŠ Franca Rozmana Staneta Maribor, Podružnica Ivana Cankarja Košaki. She established that the approach of involving self-experience had enabled the pupils to construct their own knowledge of the issues relating pupil traffic safety, which in turn increases the quality and sustainability of their knowledge and promotes convergent thinking. With elements of modern pedagogical practice, such as project based learning, pupils detected and perceived the problem of their traffic safety on the radial road, road Šentiljska cesta and street Krčevinska ulica, which are both found in their school district. Throughout the project work pupils concluded that it would be necessary to implement certain traffic signs, inscriptions, etc. on the road Šentiljska cesta and street Krčevinska ulica, since their safety would be more taken care of and drivers would also be more informed about the presence of a school area, especially those coming from the direction Pesnica-Maribor. The purpose of this article is to raise awareness and encourage teachers to plan and implement content related to pupil safety with modern approaches more frequently. In our case, the project work and the analysis of pupil traffic safety in the school district have provided the necessary basis for their future implementation in pedagogical practice, for additional research of the present problem and improvements in this field