One of our main priorities as a school is to ensure that we work together to keep our children safe. We do this in many ways and one of the ways is to provide opportunities within our curriculum where the children learn about different ways they can keep themselves safe.
So far this year we have ran two E-safety Focus Days. All the children across the school did some work about keeping themselves safe online. The focus of their learning was about keeping their personal details safe, cyber bullying and identifying what they should do if worried about anything on the internet. Our school council also created an Internet Safety Charter for all of the children in school to read and sign.
Whilst we have focused sessions on E-Safety, it is something that we regularly discuss with the children as part of everyday practise. As I am sure you are aware, technologies are always evolving and move quickly so it is important that we support the children in making the right choices for keeping themselves safe.
If parents need any extra information, advice or support www.thinkuknow.co.uk is an excellent website with lots of guidance and practical tips.
As part of our ‘Keeping Safe Curriculum’ the children have the opportunity to learn about:
We recently had a visit from a firefighter, who talked to us all about staying safe and avoiding danger. The children talked about dangers in the home and how they can stay safe by calling 999 for help from the fire service. We learnt that smoke alarms are what keep us safe and warn us that we may be in danger. After testing smoke alarms, the firefighter asked the children to check their own alarms at home. The afternoon ended with the children dressing up in a real firefighters costume, and receiving a certificate to say that we are all officially fire safety marshals!
In the summer term children get the chance to update their cycling skills through our annual ‘Bikeability’ training. The Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications take into account cycle safety, beginning with how to stay safe on a bike and progressing to the skills of safe bike use on the road. The children are always very dedicated to getting the training activities right and are always full of enthusiasm for the sessions.
Every Autumn Term the children have an assembly to remind them about the dangers of bonfires and fireworks. They learn how to take responsibility for their own safety- understanding firework rules and keeping self and others safe on Bonfire Night.
All children in Years 2-4 get the chance to take part in swimming lessons. Swimming provides essential lifesaving and social skills as well as improving fitness. Their lessons cover areas such as:
- Water confidence
- Stroke education & introduction
- Stroke development
- Stamina building
- Safe rescue techniques
- Water Safety is continually taught throughout the lessons
The aims of the lessons are to:
- Keep children safe in and around water
- Give children confidence to enjoy water
- Introduce and develop swimming strokes
- Bring children up to the require standards set by National Curriculum
- Give children the skills required to safely rescue someone in difficulty
Childline Schools Service
The ChildLine Schools Service programme was delivered to Year 5 and Year 6 children on Monday 19 May (assembly) and Thursday 27 May (workshop).
This service makes a real difference to the lives of primary school aged children, giving them a better understanding of how to protect themselves against abuse and to know who they can turn to for help. Childline Schools Service Agreement
The ChildLine Schools Service aims to give children:
- An understanding of abuse in all its forms including bullying, and an ability to recognise the signs of abuse
- Knowledge of how to protect themselves from all forms of abuse
- An awareness of how to get help and sources of help, including ChildLine.
Message for parents: The ChildLine Schools Service has recently visited all children in years 5 & 6 to provide them with key messages about keeping safe – Parent Carer Letter Jan 2014. It can be beneficial for these messages to be reinforced at home. The NSPCC has developed some guides for all parents of primary school aged children to speak to your child about keeping safe – called the Underwear rule.
You can find guides to the Underwear Rule to help you have simple conversations about keeping safe from abuse at www.nspcc.org.uk/underwear. You can speak to an advisor for further advice or request a hard-copy guide for parents and carers by phoning the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000. You can also visit www.nspcc.org.uk/parents for other advice on keeping your child safe.