Reception have enjoyed an especially exciting week this week, which came to a climax today with visits from not one but three very special guests. Since returning from the Christmas break, Reception children have been focusing on their topic ‘People Who Help Us’. As part of the topic, Miss Lane and Mrs Campbell have organised for a number of visitors to come to talk with the children. Each session has been extremely informative and has reinforced all they have learnt around the topic.
On Friday the children were extremely delighted to discover a real life Police Car outside The Barn; they were even more excited to discover that the owners of the big shiny police car were waiting inside to speak with them!
The children listened intently as Police Community Support Officers Dan and Andrea talked to them about stranger danger, road safety and their roles in the community. After an engaging talk, the children were given the opportunity to try on a few pieces of police uniform and got to handle a baton and set of handcuffs.
After the talk the children headed outside with Dan and Andrea to look at the police car! This was possibly the highlight of the visit for many of the children as they got to see the flashing lights in action and hear the sirens. Dan and Andrea even let the children explore the inside of the car!
The children were very disappointed when the time came to bid farewell to Andrea, Dan and the patrol car. Luckily that disappointment was short lived with the arrival of paramedic Miriam Brooks, who joined us from the West Midlands Ambulance Service. Miriam treated the children to an insightful presentation about the very important role that the ambulance service and in particular paramedics play in keeping us safe. The children were full of great questions and were eager to impress Miriam with all they had learnt over the past few weeks.
During the session the children learnt which scenarios would require a paramedic and which wouldn’t, the different types of vehicles that the paramedics may drive and how to contact a paramedic in case of an emergency. It is safe to say that the children learnt a great deal. As the session drew to a close, the children were shown different items from a paramedics bag including a stethoscope, otoscope, bandages and an oxygen mask. The children also watched Jessica have her arm bandaged.
This afternoon the children were treated to one final special visit this time from the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service. The excitement on the children’s faces when they saw the big, red, shiny fire engine was clear to see. The fire crew talked the children through a few safety points including the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a bike, the importance of wearing a seatbelt in a car and how important it was for drivers not to touch their phones whilst driving.
Fire Fighter Rob next showed the children all of the protective kit that he has to wear when tackling a fire – the children were shocked by how much equipment the fire engine could hold. The children then took it in turns to fire a water hose! This was a truly exciting moment for the children (and the staff!). After each child had had a go, the fire fighters gave the children a tour around the fire engine, talking through each of the pieces of equipment and how and when they could be used.
The children were absolutely captivated by the fire engine and as a very special treat the fire fighters gave a quick blast of the sirens and flashing lights before they had to depart.
What an exciting end to the week!