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Introducing first aid

Girl talking on the phoneThese assembly-time activities are the perfect way to introduce first aid education to pupils in your school. You can just use Activity 1 if you don’t have time for both activities.

Age group   

5–11 year olds

Curriculum subjects covered  

PSHE, Citizenship, English, Drama

See the Life. Live it. lesson plans for curriculum links for all UK regions

Activity 1: short story

  • Introduce the session: ask the pupils ‘What is first aid?’ [First aid is the first help that someone is given when they have an injury or sudden illness.]
  • Tell the following short story. You can tell your own story about a real first aid emergency if you prefer.

 

Short story

Seven-year-old Tom was in the car on his way to football practice, and the traffic was terrible. He was desperate not to be late: it was his turn to be captain of the blue team. So when his mum finally drove into the car park and dropped him off, Tom raced across the field to meet his friends and coach.

And then… THUMP and CRACK. Tom tripped over some logs and landed in a ball of pain on the grass. His left arm hurt… a lot. And his mum had already driven away. Where were his friends? He couldn’t see anyone and he was scared. Tom cried out, hoping that someone could hear.

Anni heard him! She looked out across the field and saw her friend crumpled on the ground. While telling the coach where she was going, she ran (carefully!) over to Tom. ‘It huuurts,’ Tom wailed. Anni had learnt some first aid in school, and realised that Tom might have broken his arm as it was a funny shape. She knew he must keep his arm still, so she told him to hold it still and not move it.

By this time, the football coach had come over to find out what was happening. Anni borrowed his phone and called 999 for the emergency services. An ambulance was coming, they said, and they asked Anni and the coach to stay with Tom and keep him company until it arrived. Tom was very relieved to have Anni there chatting to him and keeping him company. His arm still hurt A LOT, but he felt much better now that Anni had taken charge and the ambulance was on its way.

 

Ask questions after the story, such as:

  • How did Tom feel while no one was helping him?
  • How did Tom feel after Anni stopped to help him?
  • What first aid did Anni give Tom? [Anni called 999, checked Tom’s arm was supported and still, and talked to Tom to comfort him.]
  • How do you think Anni felt after helping Tom?

Activity 2: role play

  • Role play with two pupils and a teacher (with you the teacher as a 999 operator). Pupil 1 has broken their arm and Pupil 2 is a helper. Pupil 1 acts falling off something and breaking an arm (lots of dramatised pain!). Pupil 2 calls 999.
  • Use the script to act as the operator for the emergency phone call. Use props if possible (e.g. a headset and a mobile phone for the emergency call).

 

Operator script

Hello, emergency service operator. Which service do you require? Fire, police, or ambulance?

I’ll connect you now.

Hello, what is your name?

What number are you calling from?

Where are you?

What has happened?

Can you see any bleeding?

Can you make sure that he/she keeps his/her arm still and that it is supported?

Can you see any hazards or dangers around?

Please make sure you don’t put yourself in any danger while you’re helping.

The ambulance is on its way. Please don’t put the phone down until I say.

  • Inform pupils that the operator’s questions and advice are likely to change according to individual situations.

Plenary

  1. Ask pupils which number they should call in an emergency.
  2. Ask pupils if they would like to know more about how to help people who are hurt or suddenly ill. If applicable, tell them that they will be learning more about first aid in their lessons using Life. Live it. First aid education for children.

Use our free online Life. Live it. resource now. It’s the perfect way to teach life-saving first aid skills to children aged 5 to 11.

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