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Using the resources

These resources are designed to be used on both interactive whiteboards and individual PCs in school or at home. The resources can be used for whole-class activities, group, pair or individual work. Key activities for ages 2-4 and 4-7 are based on interactive story books, which act as a stimulus for discussion about a variety of safety issues around four themes: Trips, Slips and Falls; Fire and Heat; Sharp Things and Poisons.

There are accompanying fact sheets, work sheets, cross-curricular activities, extension activities and a word bank to build and extend the learning.

Nationwide Education's Home Safety resources reflect the natural progression in ability as children develop. Less able pupils or those with limited knowledge could use the resources for a younger age group, whilst gifted and talented pupils could investigate the activities for older children.

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'Sam's Birthday' story book (2 to 4)

This story book, created in the style of a 'rag' book, is a fun activity featuring a story and an interactive activity – 'Find the Dangers' - designed to help children become familiar with different types of household danger.

Ideally, for each page, children should first read or hear the story and then complete the task, before moving on to the next page.

Aim: To introduce young children to potentially dangerous things around the home thorough an engaging interactive storybook

Methodology: Simple buttons are arranged at the base of the screen for the child.

  • The green arrow keys at bottom right turn the pages forwards or backwards, or the page can be clicked and dragged across the screen, as one might turn the pages of a book.
  • Clicking the 'Find the dangers' button gives instructions, which are read aloud, to find four dangers in the picture. The types of dangers to look for are given. As the mouse is moved over each picture, key words (related to the dangers) appear and are read aloud. When the danger is then clicked on, it is highlighted with a red circle and a warning message can be heard. Once all four are found, a sound effect is given.
  • Clicking the 'Hear the story' button allows the story to be read aloud.
  • Clicking the 'Read the story' button brings the words of the story over the picture. Click on the cross to make the words disappear again.

Issues covered in the story:

The story is set in a family home as the family prepares for Sam's third birthday party. The story is told in picture form as well as simple one line sentences and is all about the day of Sam's birthday.

Page 1 shows Sam in the kitchen with Mum. Tiger, his cat, is also with them. Mum is preparing breakfast. There is a range of dangerous items and risks shown.

Page 2 shows Sam's sister, Poppy, baking a birthday cake with Gran. Tiger is seen lapping up spilt milk and again there's a range of potential dangers.

Page 3 shows Sam rushing into the room and Grandpa snoozing on the chair. Tiger's knocked over a vase of flowers and there are many dangerous things in the lounge.

Page 4 shows Dad busy cleaning the hallway and again many potential hazards can be seen.

Page 5 shows Sam in his bedroom playing. It's a typical young boy's room but is full of risks and hazards.

Page 6 shows Gran running a bath for Poppy surrounded by a range of dangerous things.

Page 7 shows Mum and Dad finishing fixing a surprise present for Sam – a garden climbing frame but the shed is a really dangerous place with tools and poisons.

Page 8 shows the family out in the garden trying to get the barbecue ready but the wind is blowing and it's a bit risky.

Page 9 shows the party in full swing with all the guests at Sam's birthday party. Even though everyone's having fun, there are lots of dangers to look out for.

The main things to talk about on each page are:

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Page 1: The Kitchen

  • Sharp knives left out
  • Electrical cables hanging that can be caught and pull the kettle down
  • Hot things like the kettle and toaster that can scald or burn
  • Poisonous chemicals and cleaning things
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Page 2: The Kitchen

  • Hot ovens and open gas flames
  • Tea towels left near flames on cooker
  • Saucepan handles sticking out that can be knocked and pour boiling liquid down
  • Dropping sticky food stuff on floor where you could slip or trip
  • Wobbly high stools where you could fall
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Page 3: The Lounge

  • Overloaded electricity sockets, which could catch fire and burn, or you could trip on cables
  • Tripping over ruckled rugs
  • Too many toys left on the floor where you could trip
  • Broken glass vases where you could cut yourself
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Page 4: The Hallway

  • Cables from hoover where you could trip
  • Glass bowls on edges of table which could fall and break
  • Reaching up whilst on stairs where you could overbalance and fall
  • Hot irons left out
  • Open wall socket
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Page 5: The Bedroom

  • An open window where you could fall out
  • Broken drinking glass where you could cut yourself
  • Old biscuits left out, which could be mouldy
  • A banana skin on the floor where you could slip or trip
  • Open socket
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Page 6: The Bathroom

  • Medicines and tablets, which can be poisonous if not prescribed for you
  • Open sharp scissors that could cut
  • Mat where you could trip
  • Hot tap left running on full where you could burn yourself
  • A full bath where you could drown
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Page 7: The Shed

  • Huge number of sharp pointed tools that can cut or hurt
  • Electric cable, which could be tripped over or pulled at
  • The drill itself, which is electric
  • Open socket
  • Nails and screws, which are not only sharp but very dangerous if put in the mouth
  • Cat litter which is poisonous
  • Fuel for lawn mower, which is poisonous
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Page 8: The Barbecue

  • Open matches, which could start a fire
  • Hot barbecue, which could burn
  • Wind blowing tablecloth, which could catch light on the barbecue flames
  • Broken bottle on the ground, which could cut
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Page 9: The Garden Party

  • Pointed sharp barbecue tools
  • Hot flames of the barbecue
  • Spilt drink where you could slip
  • Dangerous tools in the shed

Four main examples of dangers can be found on each page and these can be discussed with the children as they find each one but there are other potential risks that may cause problems too. Key safety messages include:

  • understanding what danger is and keeping an eye out for it
  • staying away from fire and things that are hot
  • not touching sharp things
  • recognising and avoiding poisonous things (including old food and medicine)
  • being careful when moving about
  • cleaning up mess or spills that can be tripped over or slipped on
  • avoiding dangerous places like garden sheds
  • not leaving things in places where they can fall and break.

Read the 'Sam's Birthday' story book.

'Tiger's House' story book (4 to 7)

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This story book is a fun activity in which pages can be turned onscreen. You can read the story yourself, ask the pupils to read or play the narration, which is synchronised with highlighted words. The reader is asked to find and click on five particular dangers in each picture, but there are many more to discuss.

Aim: To introduce pupils to home safety issues in a fun and engaging way, whilst enabling literacy development at two levels

Methodology: All of the controls are at the base of the screen to allow young children to reach easily if using on interactive whiteboards. If you are using a personal computer please use a mouse as normal.

  • Use the arrow keys by the 'Turn page' button on the far right of the screen to turn pages forwards or backwards
    (page numbers are displayed in the middle of the toolbar).
  • Click on the 'Full story' button to access the full story. Click on the 'Short story' button to access the easier version.
  • Use the 'Contents' button to show the contents page with a list of rooms/areas of the house.
    (Click on any of these to go to that room/area.)
  • Use the 'Play' button to have the story read aloud with synchronised words highlighting.
  • Use the 'Pause' button to pause the story or select individual words for discussion.
  • Use the 'Stop' button to stop the narration.

Issues covered in the story:

In Chapter 1, Tiger the Cat sees Poppy being taken off to hospital in an ambulance and learns that she has been hurt at home. He is determined to go through the house and find out how she might have hurt herself, in order to make the house safer for the family. The story shows different rooms or areas around the house (kitchen, lounge, hall, landing, bedroom, bathroom, garden, garden shed) - each has a number of potential dangers. Once the pupil reads the story, he or she is shown five dangers – as the mouse is moved over each picture, key words appear. Pupils can find them in the picture, on the next page. When the danger is clicked on, it is highlighted with a red circle. Once they have found all five they are asked to think about what else might be unsafe in the picture. There is scope for pair, group or class discussion, as the readers work their way through the different scenes and dangers.

The story covers four types of danger: Trips, Slips and Falls; Fire and Heat; Sharp Things and Poisons. There are examples of these in each room or area of the house. Some of the risks and potential dangers you may like to discuss are listed below:

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  • The Kitchen (Chapter 2)
    • Hot oven
    • Saucepan handles sticking out over the cooker edge
    • Open sink cupboard with poisonous cleaning things
    • Hot iron left on and cable trailing
    • Sharp bread knife left out
    • Spilt liquid
    • Open window
    • Breakable flowerpot on window sill
    • Uncovered food left out
    • Kettle with trailing cable
    • Matches left out
    • Glass jar close to the table edge
    • Refrigerator door open
    • Bees or wasps
    • Open sockets
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  • The Lounge (Chapter 3)
    • Toys/DVDs/food left on the floor
    • Hot drink on the coffee table
    • Glasses on the edge of the coffee table and chair
    • Spilt drink
    • Sharp scissors on the floor
    • Uneven rug
    • Lit candles near the curtains
    • Overloaded electric socket on the wall
    • Electrical cables trailing on the floor
    • Alcohol left out
    • Model owl ornament on edge of shelf
    • Open food left out and drink
    • Vase with water on the television
    • Remote control half under rug
    • Open container of tablets
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  • The Hall (Chapter 4)
    • Hoover cable stretched out
    • Shoes, bags and toys on the floor
    • Open sockets
    • Hall cupboard door open with cleaning products
    • Too much balanced on the bookcase and on shelf in cupboard
    • Mess on the stairs
    • Glass vase close to the table edge
    • Uneven door mat
    • Telephone cable trailing on the floor
    • Cleaning items in cupboard
    • Dripping cloth and bucket of water
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  • The Landing (Chapter 5)
    • Loft door left open
    • Loft ladder out
    • Toys and clutter on and near the stairs
    • Tricycle close to the stairs
    • Glass fishbowl and plant close to the edge of the cabinet
    • Fish food left out (poisonous to humans)
    • Towel and things over the banister
    • Broken rail
    • Hot drink left out
    • Overloaded box on edge of chest of drawers
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  • The Bedroom (Chapter 6)
    • Bedside lamp cable hanging down
    • Overloaded electrical sockets with lots of plugs
    • Cable across the doorway
    • Toys, paints and jar of water left on the floor
    • Ruffled rug with toy underneath
    • Chest of drawers messy and all drawers open so it could topple
    • Glass on the edge of the chest of drawers
    • Open window
    • Box on the edge of the wardrobe ready to fall
    • Too much on the shelves
    • Toy chest lid not properly shut
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  • The Bathroom (Chapter 7)
    • Hot water tap left on
    • Water in bath too full
    • Medicines in the open cupboard
    • Toys left on the floor
    • Shampoos and cleaning things in the open cupboard
    • Sharp scissors on the floor
    • Electrical heater with cable trailing
    • Uneven rug on slippery floor
    • Hairdryer with cable trailing and near the vase with water
    • Scales in the middle of the floor
    • Too much on window sill
    • Too much on edge of wall shelf
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  • The Garden (Chapter 8)
    • Garden pond full of water
    • Stinging nettles
    • Poisonous berries
    • Broken glass on the ground
    • Fire left unattended
    • Electrical extension lead with cable trailing
    • Sharp hedge trimmer on the ground
    • Rake left out
    • Slippery leaves on ground
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  • The Garden Shed (Chapter 9)
    • Heavy and sharp garden and work tools
    • Sharp nails left out on floor
    • Poisonous weedkillers, paints, etc. in tins and bottles
    • Open sockets
    • Trailing cables
    • Hose pipe and water dripping
    • Water spilt from the hose
    • Things that could be knocked and fall
    • Ladder rung missing
    • Things balanced on the edge of the table and shelves
    • Electrical power tools like saws and drills
    • Open cans of paint and uncleaned brushes
    • Small nails and screws
    • Sharp broken pieces of wood and nails sticking out
    • Electric lawn mower

Read the 'Tiger's House' story book.