Children Learn How to Be Safe Near Water

Year 2 children at Sacred Heart School this week learnt how to keep safe by water from RNLI volunteers David and Margaret Banger.

The children were first shown video clips of all the different types of RNLI boats that are used which include jet skis and hovercrafts and how the volunteers help people and animals who get in trouble in or near the water.  They then went on to talk about the work of their beach lifeguards and the children learnt what each of the beach flags mean and what they should do in an emergency.  The RNLI have 240 lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland including four on the River Thames.  Margaret said, “Our busiest station is actually a river one by Tower Bridge in London.”

The children then got a chance to dress up to role play lifeguards rescuing swimmers and surfers and to act out an RNLI boat rescuing a boat which had run out of petrol.

Year 2 teacher, Mrs Edwards said, “This has been a great end to round off the Year 2 seaside topic ‘Wish You Were Here’.  Last week the children visited Hanover House where they shared stories with the older residents about their holidays.  The skills they have learnt today are vital particularly with the holidays looming when the children will probably be both on beaches and by the river.”

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