As part of the girls’ PSHE learning, a member of the St John Ambulance team (Liz) visited children in years 4-6 to train them in basic first aid.
Liz demonstrated the first action to take upon finding someone in danger, and how to make the situation as safe as possible. Liz then talked about the importance of personal safety and the sequence of the ‘primary survey’: Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing and Circulation (check for bleeding) – DRABC.
In year 4, the girls worked in pairs to create an accident scenario; what would you do if a pupil became unresponsive but was still breathing? They then took turns playing the part of the ‘unresponsive casualty’, as well as the first aider, going through the whole primary survey from start to finish.
Years 5 and 6 then learnt how to put a casualty into the recovery position, with year 6 learning how to perform the resuscitation procedure.
A fascinating day, learning invaluable life skills.