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Lesson plan 1

"Firefighters are our friends" and "Classroom evacuation procedure"

Time/location

15 minutes

Objectives

To discuss with students what the firefighters taught them

To discuss and practice fire evacuation procedures with the children, identifying:

  1. the need to tell an adult and yell fire
  2. a safe area for children to move to
  3. the need to drop everything and not turn back

To use a fire fighting song or finger play as a transition

Resources required

Pictures of different fires

Special bag with fire hat in it

Flashcards

  • Tell an adult
  • Go to our safe area
  • Get out, stay out

Teaching activities

Firefighters are our friends

  • Begin group time by asking the children what they think you have in your bag.
  • Ask for a few volunteers to feel what is in the bag without looking at it.
  • Then ask the children who the hat belongs to.

Discuss with the children what the firefighters taught them

  • Ask the children what firefighters do
  • Emphasise that firefighters are their friends and are safe people to run to in the event of a fire at home or at school or anywhere else.

Have children stand as they learn a finger play or song (see appendix)

Escape Plan

  • Tell the children you have an escape plan to keep them all safe.
  • Explain the escape plan to the children

Remember to include the following points

  • Use a bell or whistle in a certain way so that all children know that it is a fire alert.
  • Teach the children to yell fire. Talk about the need to only call this out when there really is a fire.
  • Have a designated safe area where the children congregate in the event of a fire and teach the children to calmly get there as fast as they can
  • Teach the children to drop everything and not to go back.
  • You may ask them questions like "If there is a fire should I get my ... (bag, hat ,cuddly toy etc)"
  • Review flashcards one at a time.

Role play your escape plan

  • Have the children playing in different areas of the room. Designate one child to run to an adult yelling fire.
  • Practice the rest of the escape plan

You could finish your group time with verse 1 of The firefighter song sung to Skip to my Lou