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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.

Cross-curricular extension activities for 2 to 4 year olds

  • Show the children pictures of emergency services staff (e.g. police officers, fire fighters, paramedics) and talk about what they do.
  • Play games to improve coordination (e.g. walking on a piece of string as a 'tightrope', throwing and catching games, running and stopping games – like 'Red Light, Green Light'). Talk to the children about the fact that exercising regularly helps to improve strength and coordination.
  • Ask the children to either tell or write a story, or draw a picture to show someone getting hurt by a particular type of danger. Talk about what the person could have done to prevent the injury.
  • Ask children to see how quickly they can name five hot things, sharp things, poisonous things, or things that can make you trip, slip or fall.
  • Talk about the importance of helping each other keep safe and how we can do this (e.g. tidying away toys).
  • Talk about how keeping clean helps to stay safe and healthy (e.g. always washing hands before eating, keeping cuts clean and free from dirt).

Cross-curricular extension activities for 4 to 7 year olds

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.

English

  • Ask pupils to write a new chapter for the story 'Tiger's House', showing what happens next. What does Tiger's family do to make the house safer?
  • Ask pupils to create a zigzag book (folded concertina-style) from one sheet of A4 paper. On one side, they could draw a 'home safety' danger on each of the four faces - one about fire and heat, one about sharp things, one about falling and the last about something poisonous. On the other side, they could write tips for keeping safe in relation to that danger type.

Maths

  • Give the children simple statistics about household injuries (e.g. five different types of injury or the same injury in five different rooms) and ask them to create a bar chart or pictogram.
  • Ask the children to carry out a smoke detector audit of their homes. With the help of an adult, get them to check they are in working order. Create a graph to show the class results: How many homes had them fitted? Of these, how many were in working order?

Science

  • Ask the children to investigate the types of materials that are used in furniture, appliances and other household items (e.g. wood, metal, cloth, plastic, glass) and make a list of items made of each material. Talk about which of these catch fire easily and which are quick to get hot.
  • Show the children a range of different dangerous items. You could use photographs, items written on word cards, or the actual items. Ask them to classify them according to whether they represent danger from heat, poison, sharpness or trips/falls. Do any pose more than one type of danger?
  • Have a range of different materials and carry out simple experiments to show how some materials don't let heat through them easily, and others do. Talk about how oven gloves can protect hands when taking things from the oven and how thick material is also used in fire fighters' clothing to help protect them from the heat.

History

  • Ask the pupils to talk to older members of their family or friends that would remember what homes were like 50 year ago. They should collect as much information as possible (e.g. firsthand descriptions, photographs) then discuss the types of dangers that existed back then. Which were similar to those today?
  • Ask children to find out how people cooked things, or had light to see in the darkness, before electrical power was invented. What were some of the dangers they faced in their homes back then?

Geography

  • Choose a country and ask pupils to research what the houses are like there and what home safety issues the people might have. Are they similar or very different from those here?
  • Walk around the school and ask the children to make notes about the measures in place to make the school safer. How could it be made even safer? (e.g. tidy shoe racks, fire exit doors, safety glass, non-slip flooring, walk - don't run policy, fire extinguishers).

Art/DT

  • Use a home catalogue or a website to research the safety features of a modern electrical appliance that produces heat (e.g. kettle, cooker, toaster, iron). Ask pupils to create a labelled drawing showing these. Alternatively, they could design their own 'as safe as possible' version of the appliance.
  • Split the children into groups and ask them to design a colourful and striking A3 poster, showing important home safety messages. Assign each group one of the four main areas – Trips, Slips and Falls; Fire and Heat; Sharp Things and Poisons.

ICT

  • Ask the children to create a picture of a safe bedroom using a simple paint programme. They should explain what makes it safe. Alternatively, they could design a danger warning sign.
  • Encourage the children to use the Nationwide Education site at home with their parents, reading the story aloud with them and discussing the dangers (relating them to possible dangers in their own home).

PSHE/PSE/Health & Wellbeing/PD&MU & Citizenship

  • Ask the children to make a list of simple instructions for 'home safety' in their house (e.g. tidying up toys; putting bags, shoes and coats away; using plastic cups instead of glass; holding handrails on stairs). Encourage children to think about the four safety areas (and others too, if they wish).
  • Ask the class to think about the type of injuries or accidents that can occur in a home. Discuss how they could be prevented.
  • Invite a member of the emergency services to come to the school and talk to the children about their job and how to keep safe.