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 programme is packed with resources and activities
which have been designed to engage children's imagination by being both informative
and fun. A Big Book
Story has also been produced to support this programme. A copy may be available from
your local CFS Officer. The materials have been developed to be flexible. You may choose to use the activities exactly as they are included, or
adapt them to better suit the needs of your class.
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. In which 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.