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Life. Live it. First aid education for young people

Teenage girl beside text © InfoFollow our ‘First aid basics’ lesson plans in one or two sessions to give students aged 11-16 a taste of first aid learning from the Life. Live it. programme.

Start by watching our new  Live. Live it film, which is a great way to introduce your students to first aid and show how life saving skills are relevant to young people’s everyday lives.

First aid basics 1

 

Students should learn:

a. to consider why it is important to learn first aid
b. why your own safety must come first
c. when to assess if a person is unconscious
d. how to put someone in the recovery position
e. what to say & do if you make an emergency call.

 

Resources


 

Using the lesson powerpoint

This lesson is designed to allow for flexible planning for lessons between 30 and 90 minutes. For a 30-minute lesson follow the introduction; choose one 5-minute activity from ‘Activity one’; one 5-minute activity from ‘Activity two’, one 10-minute activity from ‘Activity 3’, then finish with a 5-minute plenary.

 

Introduction – why first aid is important

Choose from the following alternatives:

  • Students take part in a polar debate about first aid. Follow notes on slides 5 - 7. 
    (Time needed: 5 minutes)
  • Students offer responses to a range of questions about first aid. 
    Follow notes on slides 8 and 9. (Time needed: 5 minutes)

Activity 1 – Staying safe

Choose from the following alternatives:

  • Students vote on who is the most important person at an accident scene.
    Follow notes on slide 10. (Time needed: 10 minutes)
  • Students spot dangers in a household scene.
    (Time needed: 5 minutes)

Activity 2 – Treating an unconscious person


Choose from the following alternatives:

  • Students list questions they might ask themselves on discovering an unconscious person. 
    Follow notes on slide 15. (Time needed: 10 minutes)
  • Students investigate how tilting the head alters the position of the tongue. 
    Follow notes on slides 18-19. (Time needed: 5 minutes)

Activity 3 – Recovery position and 999

  • Students view a video clip and then practise putting someone in the recovery position. 
    Follow notes on slide 21. (Time needed: 20 minutes)
  • Students role-play an emergency call. Follow notes on slides 22 and 23.
    (Time needed: 10 minutes)

Plenary - Quiz time

  • Students take part in an interactive quiz. (Time needed: 5 minutes)

Homework

Differentiated homework tasks:
Less able students – Figure drawing. Sketch a friend in the recovery position.
More able students – Finish the story from the opening given.

 

First aid basics 2

 

Students should learn:

a. to assess if a person is unconscious
b. how to perform CPR  on an adult
c. how to perform CPR on a child
d. how to treat a big bleed
e. how to recognise and treat clinical shock.

 

Resources

 

Using the lesson powerpoint

This lesson is designed to allow for flexible planning for lessons between 30 and 90 minutes. Refer to the lesson plan to help select activities. For a 30-minute lesson, for example, follow: the introduction, one 10-minute activity from ‘Activity one’, one 5-minute activity from ‘Activity two’, one 5-minute activity from activity three, then finish with a 5-minute plenary.

 

Introduction – Oxygen, the body’s fuel

  • Students brainstorm what they could do to help an unconscious person.
    Follow notes on slide 3. (Time needed: 5 minutes)

Activity 1 – Airways and CPR

Choose from the following:

  • Students decide on 4 priorities for treating someone who has collapsed. 
    Follow notes on slide 4. (Time needed: 5 minutes)
  • Students make notes on the similarities and differences between adult and child CPR based
    on watching two short video clips. Follow notes on slides 8 and 9. (Time needed: 10 minutes)
  • Students watch a short video on baby CPR. (Time needed: 5 minutes)

Activity 2 – Big bleeds

Choose from the following alternatives:

  • Students watch a video clip and answer questions on treating severe bleeding.
    Follow notes on slides 13 and 14. (Time needed: 5 minutes)
  • Students complete a storyboard activity. Follow notes on slides 15. 
    (Time needed: 10 minutes)

Activity 3 – Shock

  • Students play a memory game about recognising clinical shock. Follow notes on slide 17.
    (Time needed: 5 minutes)
  • Students role-play the treatments of a big bleed and clinical shock. Follow notes on slide 19.
    (Time needed: 20 minutes)

Plenary – Quiz time

  • Students take part in an interactive quiz. (Time needed: 5 minutes)

Homework

Differentiated homework tasks:
Less able students – Read a CPR flowchart (3 charts: Baby CPR flow diagram 2, Child CPR flow diagram 2 and Adult CPR flow diagram 2 are available in the Additional resources). Draw a set of pictures to illustrate your chart.
More able students – Continue the story from the opening given onscreen.

 

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