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Year 5 launched straight into this half term learning about safety.
With November 5th approaching, Year 5 were lucky enough to be visited by the West Yorkshire Fire Service, who are based in Idle, to teach them about Fire Safety.
They were shown many informative videos and they talked through how to make their own Fire Plan, should a fire ever break out in their own home.
They were all asked if they know a safe route out of their house and if they didn’t, they were going to go home and make a plan with their families.
All children were encouraged to contact the fire service if they didn’t have a working smoke alarm fitted in their homes.
This is a free service they offer to everyone.
The children learned that you should never touch a door handle with your palm to check if it is hot as it could get burnt. The best and safest way is to use the back of your hand. The warm/hot handle would tell you that the fire had spread to the other side of the door and so it would not be safe to enter that way.
Year 5 had a go at phoning for the Fire Service, using a pretend phone, so that they knew to phone 999. This number must only be used in a real emergency. We heard about a story when a prank call out had cost a little boy his life as the fire service were being sent to a fire that was made up when they should have been saving a real house from burning down.
Learning about Bonfire Night, the children discussed the importance of staying safe around fire and fireworks. The firemen shared some terrible stories of how these fun events can be spoiled by some people who don’t take the safety side seriously. We all know to stand well away from a fire and to attend organised firework shows so that everyone can be kept safe. Children should never, ever play with fireworks.
The Firemen talked about being safe when we travel.
A shocking number of children said that they frequently travel in the car with no safety belt on.
The children watched a video about the impact that a car accident can have on someone who isn’t properly restrained in the car.
We know we must always wear a seatbelt in the car.
Year 5 also designed some Fire Safety posters that we have put up in display in our classroom.
Year 5 have been very busy this term in Science and Creative Curriculum.
We have been combining our science skills with our art and DT skills to design and make a rubber band powered car.
You can see from some of the photos that we had to use a special hand saw to cut our axles to the right length.
First I had to measure the axle accurately. Then I had to put goggles on and very carefully cut along the line I had drawn. Ayesha
Finally the day has come to test out our vehicles!
We took our cars down to the hall so we had space to try them out.
We made predictions whether or not our vehicle would travel with the 1kg weight on.
It was fun working collaboratively as a year group and seeing what designs worked better than others.
After winding up the elastic band on our models, we measured the distance they travelled.