King's St Alban's

17 February

Engaging with pupils to ensure they stay SAFE!

On Thursday, pupils from Years 3, 4 and 5 at King’s St Alban’s welcomed Eliza from the Canal and River Trust, who delivered an interactive, virtual assembly about water safety, ensuring that our pupils know how to stay SAFE around water.

The assembly began with the children thinking about water in their everyday lives, from the water that fills their water bottles each day to the water that fills their baths each evening and from the water used to keep the school gardens looking alive and fresh to water from the River Severn and local ponds. They pondered the question, ‘Is water dangerous?’ and decided that no, water isn’t dangerous; it’s what we do when we’re around water that can be dangerous.

The children were then presented with a scene where there were several dangers lurking.  Across the virtual classes, several dangers were correctly identified, including falling into the water when trying to reach a ball, swimming near boats, and cycling on a narrow canal pathways, under a low bridge. The pupils were very observant as some of the dangers were a little tricky to spot! Eliza went on to talk about the dangers of deep water, weeds, currents, extreme cold water temperatures, pollution, and germs and diseases.

The pupils were introduced to the acronym SAFE (Stay Away From the Edge), which was discussed at length within their class groups. It will certainly remind the children to stay at least two metres away from the water’s edge to ensure their safety next time they are close.

The assembly finished with the children learning what they should do if faced with a dangerous situation involving water.  Actions included: asking for help from an adult, calling to the person in the water to float on their back, using a life-ring or calling 999 and asking for the Fire and Rescue service.

A Year 4 pupil remarked, “The assembly was cool; I now know how to stay safe next time I go for a walk along the river.”

This was an interesting and informative assembly; thank you Eliza!