Year 5 and 6 recently went on a trip to the Flashpoint centre in Bodmin. The centre is a safe secure place that shows children of all ages how to keep themselves safe and make decisions about which situations are good for us and recognise those that are not so good. It has 12 scenarios which are all very different and though you might feel a bit scared you are never in any danger as you might be in real life. The scenarios deal with the risks of fire in the home, road accidents, beach safety, farm hazards, railway dangers, drugs, cyber-bullying and many others. The guides help you decide what course of action to take and how to get help if you need it. My favourite was the bedroom fire. When you went into the bedroom the smoke alarm went off and fake smoke started to come into the room. The guide helped us decide how to tackle the problem and suggested we use the (internal) telephone to make a 999 call to the fire brigade. All the activities made us feel that if we were faced with these difficulties in real life we would now have a head start in knowing what to do to keep ourselves and those around us safe.
Written by Archie Sparrow Year 5 at St Joseph’s School