PSHE Child Safety
Child Safety Week: kindness, safety and first aid at home
Learn about safety and first aid at home, including first aid for burns, and reflect on a kinder world.
Looking to the future
As things change, we must learn how to change too. Changing all the time, or not changing quick enough, can be frustrating. It is important to remember there are things we can do to support ourselves and each other to cope.
Using advice from Dr Radha and our mental health and wellbeing experts in the psycho-social team, this resource focuses on supporting children and young people to cope with their situation better. The activities below are designed to suit various ages.
• Think about a more positive future
• Reflect on coping and kindness
• Build resilience
• Plan for a kinder future
Primary ages (5-11)
Reflective activity: Five favourite things
We can help ourselves deal well with change by learning coping skills. Dr Radha tells us one thing we can do to help with this is to keep doing some things the same as before. Even if other things are changing, we have things we enjoy doing every day that help us feel comfortable.
Think about four things you always do at the same time every day – like eating, sleeping, getting dressed.
Think about one more thing you really like that you want to do every day. Maybe it’s read a story, or dance.
Write down your five things and add it to your routine planner or keep it as your five favourite things checklist. Tick it off every day you do it.
Creative activity: What the future looks like
Thinking about the future can help us to focus and think positively. It helps us to learn how to think about and get ready for change.
Draw a picture of you and your family in your community one year from now. What will have changed? What do you hope you will be doing? What will your community look like?
Now draw another picture of you and your family in your community in many years time. Maybe now you are the parent with your children. What will have changed now? What do you hope you will be doing? What will your community look like?
Writing activity: A message of kindness to yourself
Write a message of kindness to your future self. Think about where you will be next year or many years in the future. Write a supportive message.
What do you think will change? Think of 3 positive things to say to yourself that you hope you always remember.
.Reflect on why kind messages are important.
- How does it feel to receive a positive message?
- Who else could you send a message to, what message would you give them?
Safety at home
We have many objects in our homes that are useful, but can also be dangerous if not used properly by an adult or not safely stored. Learn how to look out for any dangers in the home and how to keep you and your family safe.
For Child Safety day on 1 June we have created a resource focusing on safety in the home. Using a module from our new First aid champions website, the activities below teach children and young people to think about their surroundings and avoid dangers in the house, as well as encouraging them to learn and use first aid when accidents do happen.
• Think about how to stay safe at home
• Learn how to keep yourself and others safe
• Learn first aid
• Think about how to help others in the house
Primary ages (5-11)
360 photo activity: Spot the dangers https://firstaidchampions.redcross.org.uk/primary/safety/
Go to the safety page on the First aid champions website.https://firstaidchampions.redcross.org.uk/primary/
Look at the photo and identify the dangers. Read the comments on each object and learn why it is dangerous. Go through the slides to answer the questions.
Remember that many of these objects should be used by an adult, or with the help of an adult. Keeping yourself safe is an important part of first aid. Avoiding accidents is step number one.
Now look around your own home.
- What dangers can you identify?
- How can you and your family work together to make things safer?
- Learn activity: Learn how to help
- Look at the photo again. What kind of injuries could happen from these situations?
- Underneath the photo there is this activity: Now you’ve learned about the dangers in the kitchen, think about what first aid skills you might use to help someone who has:
- a burn
- bumped their head
- a cut that is bleeding a lot
- Look at the first aid skills to explore what to do, or check what you have learned with the quizzes.
- Why is learning how to help important?
- Creative activity: Create a safety poster for your home
- Think about some of the things in your home that might be dangerous. Imagine you are a safety inspector and it is your job to tell your family how they can stay safe. Draw a safety poster highlighting the dangers and the steps to take to avoid the dangers.
For example: toys on the floor: people could trip or stand on them. Put all toys away after you’ve used them.
Think of a kind act you can do to help others stay safe, for example – put your toys away safely.
Sharing new skills is an important part of the learning process. Teaching someone else can help learners to understand something more clearly. More than that, sharing their knowledge and supporting the learning of others is a kind act.
These activities emphasise the importance of sharing skills and knowledge to build a stronger community. It encourages people of all ages to take the time to learn and share together. Activities are differentiated by age for guidance.
• Share a new skill
• Learn how to share skills with others
• Connect with people
• Develop understanding and critical thinking
Primary ages (5-11)
Creative activity: New skills cards
What new skills have you learned in lockdown? Think about everything you have learned – why did you learn them, how does it feel to learn new things?
Create a skill card to showcase your new skills. Draw a picture of yourself and write all the things you can do. What skills have you learned recently? Think of one skill you learned how to do or are learning right now.
Think about how useful each of these skills is to you. How useful is it to other people? How can you use this skill to be kind to others?
Learn activity: Learn a new skill
Learning new skills can help you in the future. You can use our new First aid champions website to learn first aid skills. Learning first aid is really useful and kind. https://firstaidchampions.redcross.org.uk/primary/safety/
Why do you think learning first aid is useful? Why do you think learning first aid is kind?
Follow the link to learn some first aid skills and coping skills with our home learning pathways.
Think about why it is important to learn skills that are useful and kind. After using the home learning pathway think about these questions:
- Have you ever used a skill to help someone? What skill was it and how did you help?
- Who could you help with these new first aid and coping skills?
Sharing activity: Skill exchange
Pick one of your new skills to share with others. Share it with someone in your house. Teach a sibling or parent. You can all sit down and do a ‘skill exchange’. Maybe your family members can do something you want to learn how to do. Think about the creative ways you can teach them. You could role play, draw a poster, show the skill through something like a
‘how to’ video, or write instructions and have someone else complete the skill themselves. Sharing knowledge is a very kind act.
How does it make you feel when you teach other people how to do something?
How does it feel when others take the time to teach you how to do things?
Remember that learning is a process. You won’t be perfect at something first time. You need to practice to improve and remember skills.