Hurricane Teaching Tip

Written by Freda J. Glatt, M.A.

With this severe, active, hurricane season underway, here are some ideas to make areas ofrepparttar curriculum relevant to your children. If you are in an area that experiences other natural phenomena, just adapt these suggestions to fit your needs.

1. Have children express their feelings. Youngsters will be able to draw pictures and dictate sentences, while older children will be able to illustrate their own stories. With everyone participating, this will draw out your shy, timid children who may not want to take part in a verbal discussion.

2. Make a bound book ofrepparttar 109279 class’ experiences and keep it inrepparttar 109280 class library. Perhaps you can have students ‘rent’ it for a night to share with their families.

3. If you do not have Pen Pals, why not try to find a class in another part ofrepparttar 109281 country or world that has not experienced a hurricane. Your pupils will then become teachers as they explain what happened.

4. Instead of writing, your class could make a cassette or videotape. If sending it to Pen Pals, make sure you check onrepparttar 109282 privacy policies in your school.

5. Use children’s experiences to have lessons on adjectives, adverbs, similes, and onomatopoeia.

6. Answer who, what, where, when, why, and how as you writerepparttar 109283 opening paragraph of a story. Do it onrepparttar 109284 overhead projector and obtain input from class members.

7. This would be a good time to teach specificity andrepparttar 109285 Voice Writing Trait. Compare these two stories and tell which is more specific and exciting: a. Yesterday, a hurricane came to my city and caused a lot of damage. I was scared because it was loud. b. On September 3, 2004, Hurricane Frances roared into West Palm Beach like a lion. I felt terrified as I heardrepparttar 109286 howling wind and crashing surf. When I could surveyrepparttar 109287 damage, there were humongous trees blockingrepparttar 109288 streets and houses missing roofs; some mobile homes looked like a pile of sticks.

Health and Safety in KS1 & KS2 Curriculum

Written by Paddy Swan

A Headteacher's Safety Management Toolkit Article -

Health and Safety and KS1 & KS2 Curriculum.

Government Action

The Government determined that Health and Safety become part ofrepparttar curriculum in 2002 and defined that all pupils of should receive some 40 hours of H&S teaching beforerepparttar 109278 end of their schooling.

HSE has already produced materials which are being used to give a Basic Safety Induction to work for pupils going out on Work Experience from schools and colleges.

Safety has actually already enteredrepparttar 109279 syllabus in a fairly defined way andrepparttar 109280 QCA have already produced a statutory statement and defined NVQ standards atrepparttar 109281 higher levels, which are already used for qualifying members ofrepparttar 109282 HSE Inspectorate.

DfES have also played their part through their own expert tem andrepparttar 109283 information delivered through Teachernet. National Curriculum for Health and Safety

The QCA statutory statement with regards to safety inrepparttar 109284 curriculum states that it :

“applies to science, design and technology, information and communication technology, art and design, and physical education.”

In briefrepparttar 109285 QCA has indicated that pupils must be taughtrepparttar 109286 whole range of concepts surrounding risk assessment and control including:

•Identifying Hazards and Risks. •Controlling and reducing hazards and risks. •Risk Assessment techniques . •To take care for their own and other’s Health and Safety.

The QCA have also issued guidance which was drawn up after consultation with HSE and this indicates that they have a view that RISK should berepparttar 109287 core ofrepparttar 109288 approach and they feel that teachers will have already introduced their pupils torepparttar 109289 concept of risk. The whole thrust of QCA guidance tellsrepparttar 109290 teacher to ensure that pupils are taught about risk at an appropriate level throughout their time in school. They see this as helping to ensure that pupils are better equipped to deal with risks with situations of uncertainty and change both in and out of school. QCA seerepparttar 109291 main objectives ofrepparttar 109292 delivery of a Health and Safety curriculum as being a tool to ensure thatrepparttar 109293 pupils are able to: •recogniserepparttar 109294 existence of hazards, risks and uncertainty in a range of contexts; •assess their own ability, andrepparttar 109295 ability of others, to deal with different situations; •assessrepparttar 109296 consequences when dealing with hazards presented to themselves and to others (for example, within school,repparttar 109297 environment,repparttar 109298 home); •seek advice from appropriate sources to minimise and manage risk; •understand that rules and regulations follow from risk assessment and help define individual and collective responsibility.

In addition already part of H&S is part ofrepparttar 109299 National Healthy Schools initiative for Primary Schools.

HSE andrepparttar 109300 Curriculum HSE has set up a small Risk Education Team based inrepparttar 109301 Central Expertise Policy and Support Division ofrepparttar 109302 Policy Group Directorate in London . Their stated intention is to: “influencerepparttar 109303 degree to which risk management techniques are taught in schools and other educational establishments…..” They are developing four projects of which two are of interest insofar asrepparttar 109304 curriculum is concerned.

•They seek to raiserepparttar 109305 level f risk teaching in schools. •They seek to provide risk teaching materials for teachers and lecturers.

We can see that HSE has had a part to play in allrepparttar 109306 initiatives regardingrepparttar 109307 curriculum and has also addressed areas of concern, targeting primary school children in three sectors where deaths have occurred.

Thus Farming, Railways and Construction Sites all have had curriculum materials produced highlighting risks and unsafe behaviour and aiming to educate and modify behaviours.

These are looked at later in this section.

HSE Resources forrepparttar 109308 Primary School

The resources provided for a Safety initiative withinrepparttar 109309 curriculum by HSE are very well produced and should be easily integrated into any Primary School syllabus. Stay Safe Onrepparttar 109310 Farm, Stay Safe Railway Safety, and Stay Safe Building Site Safety all contain, games, cartoons and puzzles to encourage children to think aboutrepparttar 109311 hazards which exist in all these industries, and how to avoid them. These industries often act as a magnet to children who don’t understandrepparttar 109312 dangers they present and treat them like playgrounds. This is also why special consideration needs to be given to ongoing construction or maintenance works taking place on school sites. Stay Safe booklets have been distributed at schools acrossrepparttar 109313 country, and can be ordered free of charge from HSE Books on but access to pdf versions are given below. •Stay Safe onrepparttar 109314 Farm - Leaflet with puzzles and colouring exercise suitable for Years 4-6 •Stay Safe Railway Safety - Stay Safe Railways a website for Children to Learn about being safe and keeping safe around Railways This is a Multimedia Game/Scenario type program with a safety theme suitable for Years 4-6 •Stay Safe Building Site Safety - This has a series of comic strips/Posters and colouring exercises with game type questions and completion exercises – suitable Years 4-6 •You will find other items which may be integrated in Resources inrepparttar 109315 Headteaher’s Safety In addition HSE has also produced videos aimed at parents, teachers and older children to raise awareness. A four minute video Open Farms Healthy Children, is available on HSE’s web FREE site which ensures parents, teachers and others are aware ofrepparttar 109316 hidden risks of picking up E-coli from animals.

The video Safe! – Helping children to stay safe on farms, which has been distributed to all Local Authority education departments, also shows childrenrepparttar 109317 hazards that exist on farms. Copies of 'Safe! - Helping children to stay safe on farms' price £20.00 + VAT, are also available for purchase from HSE Books, Other Resources - Emergency Services.

Whilst HSE and DfES and others all have a central part to play.

It isrepparttar 109318 Emergency Services who deal with Risk, Risk Assessment, Risk Control and Risk Management locally and day to day and hour by hour.

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