Schools invited to book FREE Year 5 safety centre tour
Over 1,000 Year 5 pupils in Gloucestershire have been taught life-saving safety tips, including in road safety, since funded visits to the country’s new safety centre, SkillZONE began in April.
Gloucestershire primary schools are being urged to take advantage of their free visit for Year 5 pupils (saving around £150 per class) by booking a trip when the new school term starts. The £35,000 Gloucestershire County Council funded initiative must be used by April 2015.
The state-of-the-art facility in Gloucester uses realistic sights, smells and noises to enhance each group’s experience of nine different scenarios which teach children about safety.
In a survey completed by 30 schools visiting SkillZONE as part of the Year 5 offer 96% of teachers said they were ‘very satisfied’ by their tour and 92% said they believed their pupils were ‘a great extent’ safer following their visit.
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer Stewart Edgar says; “Keeping young people safe and the prevention of accidents and injuries is integral to our role. SkillZONE tackles this by teaching children how to make life-saving decisions whether that’s wearing a seatbelt or how to evacuate from a house fire.”
“I am thrilled we are able to provide these safety lessons to every Year 5 child and I believe they will leave us armoured with essential life skills which they can share with their families.”
All groups will learn road safety, fire safety and hazards in the home during their 2 hour tour and teachers can choose 6 other scenarios such as water safety, an internet cafe, a Magistrate’s court and a shop.
To find out more about SkillZONE or to book visit: skillzone.glosfire.gov.uk