The Fire Safety Education Programme has been researched and written in collaboration
with professional educators and the Fire and Rescue Service. It predominately
meets strand 3 of the joint framework for PSHE and Citizenship, focussing on
health and safety and risk-taking, choices made that affect health and safety
and the consequences of these choices in terms of health and safety. In addition,
it meets National Curriculum teaching requirements for Science, English, Design
and Technology and History.
The materials are packed with resources and activities which have been designed
children's imagination by being both informative and fun. A Big Book Story
has been produced to support this programme.
The Programme has been developed to be flexible enough
for you to use the activities exactly as they are included, or adapted so that
you can continue to use any existing activities or resources you have. You
will need to be realistic about what can be delivered within your existing
resources. It is important that this is made clear to the school at the start
of the programme so as not to raise expectations.
Child protection issues
It is important that you are familiar with your Service's child protection policy and that you comply with it at all times. It is essential that the class teacher remains with you in the class while you are delivering this programme.
Before delivering any of these lessons, you need to be aware of any children who have been involved in a fire or
had experience of one, perhaps through their extended family. It may be prudent
at the same time to ask if any children are likely to be frightened or upset
by the material that you propose to use. In either case a sensitive approach
should be taken.
It is possible that younger children may become unduly worried
about the dangers of fire following a lesson. It is therefore recommended that
you remind children at the end of each session that a house fire is rare and
reassure any children who seem worried.
It is important that words such
as "hoax" or "arson" are
not used with very young children. It is vital that we do not put ideas into
children's heads which may lead to improper actions.