SafeWise: Free FireWise and HealthWise sessions at Weymouth Community Safety Centre.
We invite you to bring your Key Stage 2 children to SafeWise in Weymouth. A new a unique education experience using special effects common fire hazards in the home are illustrated in an interactive and engaging way.
Delivered by a DFRS Education Officer, the students take part in a number of sessions looking at their safety. This interactive visit, with special effects including real fire and a fire devastated home, is a superb learning experience enabling students to take their knowledge home and put it into practice.
Please bring your own pack lunches and water bottles. (Tea and coffee is provided for adults.)
We provide all our education free of charge, but we regret that we are unable to provide the costs of transport to SafeWise.
If you would like further information please contact our Education Officers with responsibility for SafeWise, Dave Allan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lesley McCarthy (email@example.com) or call 01305 753043.
Entering the life size home the students work with the trained Dorset Fire and Rescue Service Education Officer to spot the possible sources of fire in the bedroom, kitchen and living room, and discuss how to make the home safe. Special effects show the consequences of the fire hazards culminating in undertaking an escape plan as a fire starts. (The Year 3&4 session is delivered in a different way to the Year 5&6 session and the "home" is staged differently to give a different experience.)
Moving into the next area the children experience a real fire scenario showing how quickly a fire can become life threatening and discuss how to keep themselves safe.
Year 3 and 4 students then return to the "home" and practice elements of escape plans to fully understand how they can keep themselves and their family safe.
Year 5 and 6 students will advance into the "devastation home", allowing the students to see the traumatic effects a fire has in a home, and to understand that although the real fire they have seen may seem exciting and fascinating the after effects are devastating. The bedroom has not been damaged by the fire and it is here that important escape plan messages are discussed, including what to do if you are ever trapped by a fire.
As well as the tour of the FireWise home, students also undertake their "FireWise - Consequences" session.
Looking at the consequnces of anti-social behaviour the students learn about the dangers of deliberate fire setting and hoax calls.
Year 3&4 students take part in a "play" as they discover the consequences of hoax calls and deliberate fires and learn how to call 999. They also learn what to do if trapped in a home on fire.
Year 5&6 students take part in an integrative activity discovering the wider consequences of deliberate fire setting based upon the Upton heath fire of 2011.
FireWise – conclusion
After completing all their sessions the groups are brought back together.
Years 3 & 4 can then take part in "Strictly Come Dancing –Stop, Drop and Roll", learning about the important safety message of what to do if clothes catch fire.
Years 5 & 6 make a 999 call and then take part in an interactive quiz to see what they have learnt.
HealthWise (year 5 & 6 only)
Working in partnership to make Dorset safer and healthier, HealthWise is a joint initiative between Dorset NHS and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service. As part of the safety education experience, children in Year 5 and 6 will undertake the HealthWise session.
The children will enter "The Healthy Choices Shop" and undertake a creative and interactive experience; discovering and discussing age-restricted products and looking at some of the consequences and risks associated with using certain products.
The interactive session will also promote skills and confidence to resist negative peer pressure, to avoid getting themselves into a risky or unsafe situation. Linking with the Science and PSHE national curriculum objectives, the age appropriate session, will be delivered by a qualified DFRS Education Officer.
Each child will be given an activity sheet to take home, which they are encouraged to do at home with heir parent/carers.
Following the visit your class will be awarded the Bronze Level SAFE-D Award Certificate, you will be informed on how to achieve the Silver and Gold Awards during your visit.
We encourage the children to take an active part in the visit, however we understand that children may not wish to and no children is pressured to take part in the activities.
To request a visit to SafeWise visit please fill in the request form (year three and four) request form (year five and six). Pre or post visit we encourage you to have a look at the different activities we have for teachers to deliver further safety work, please adapt these activites as you see fit for your class.
Upon expressing interest or booking a session your personal timetable will be created for your visit. Year 5 & 6 students take a break for lunch during their visit whilst Year 3&4 are welcome to stay for lunch after their session.