Suggested cross-curricular extension activities
Home safety themes can be woven into all areas of the curriculum. Here we have suggested a variety of extension ideas linked to different subject areas.
- Organise pupils into groups and ask them to create a short drama scene designed to teach younger children about one of the dangers they could face in their own homes. Talk about ways of making the messages clear for a younger audience.
- Ask pupils to write a newspaper report about an accident in the home, involving the emergency services. They should research the role of the emergency services and how to make an emergency call. The report should show what happened and who was involved.
Ask pupils to research the cost of smoke detectors and then work out how many would be needed if they were to give each pupil in the class one for each level of their home (e.g. bungalows will need one, two-storey houses will need two). They should record the results and work out what the total cost would be.
- Ask the pupils to consider 'home safety' in the animal kingdom. Where do different animals live and what do they do to keep their homes safe from predators, weather, etc.?
- Research Louis Pasteur's work on the role of germs and bacteria in spreading disease and his invention of pasteurised milk. Discuss why it's important to store food properly and make sure it and your hands are clean before eating.
- Research the temperatures that different foods need to be kept fresh, as well as their 'sell by' date and other storage instructions (e.g. freezing on day of purchase). Use the information to create a 'Fresh Food Grid'.
- Discuss the fact that some materials (e.g. metal, glass) are better thermal conductors than others and heat up more quickly. Saucepans with a metal handle, for example, are more likely to heat quickly and cause a burn. Discuss what this means in terms of safety.
- Ask the pupils to investigate the background to an 'invention' that is found in most homes (e.g. toaster, kettle, boiler, electric light) and create a report (including a description of the way to use the item safely).
- Talk about the different home dangers faced by people in the past. Which of these are still an issue today and which have been changed to become safer? Which dangers exist today that weren't around during WWII or earlier?
- Research the history of bathing and going to the toilet and what inventions and developments in home plumbing and sewerage treatments made things safer and more hygienic.
- In some areas of the world, the greatest danger to homes is from extreme weather and natural disasters (e.g. hurricanes, floods, typhoons, earthquakes, forest fires). Ask pupils to consider two different examples and research what measures people take to keep their homes safe.
- Tell the children that the kitchen is usually the most dangerous room in the house. Talk about the types of dangers that can be found in a kitchen (e.g. ovens, irons, toasters, kettles, the hot water tap, cleaning products, sharp knifes, spillages). Ask children to create a floor plan of their kitchen at home and clearly mark and label all the dangerous areas.
- Ask the pupils to design and create a 'home safety' poster for a typical home in one of the four time periods covered in the resource. More able pupils could look at the style of art that was popular during the period.
- In groups, pairs or individually, ask pupils to design a board game based on the four home safety themes explored in the resource. They could adapt an existing game (e.g. snakes and ladders) or create their own instructions.
- Talk about how signs and symbols are used to show danger. How are they designed to be universally recognisable with no words needed? Ask pupils to create their own designs for a variety of safety hazards.
- Ask pupils to create their own 'emergency contact organiser' in a word document and fill in the details for their own family and home. Alternatively, ask children to investigate the devastating effect of hoax calls on the emergency services.
- Ask children to research some basic emergency first aid procedures, choose one, and design a poster using publishing software to demonstrate how it is carried out.
PSHE/PSE/Health & Wellbeing/PD&MU & Citizenship
- Organise for a member of the emergency services to come into school and give a talk to the children.
- Discuss with pupils if they have ever had to go to hospital after an accident at home. How did they feel? What warning would they give others to prevent a similar accident?
- Have a class discussion about ways to be a good neighbour. How could they help an elderly or disabled neighbour make their home safer?