26 January, 2012
More than 1,300 primary schools across the South West will be
encouraged to teach children about the dangers on farms and in
the countryside with the help of a new initiative being launched
Cornish Mutual is targeting youngsters in Cornwall, Devon,
Somerset and Dorset as part of an initiative covering six key
topics including farm, road and rail safety, how to behave around
animals, electricity, hygiene and the Countryside Code.
'Farmsafe for Schools' is a free online teaching resource which
includes lesson plans and downloadable practical worksheets to be
used in the classroom, with 16 different activities designed for
children between the ages of 5 and 11. The materials also offer
detailed teachers notes, as well as a number of presentations and
two colourfully animated posters.
Developed by educational experts and health and safety
consultants, the programme is linked to the Key Stage 1 and 2
curricula for Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE),
Geography and Citizenship.
Over 2,600 teachers and head teachers across the region will
start to receive letters about the new free online resource from
this week, along with a poster to display in the classroom. It is
expected that the teaching materials will be available to around
260,000 school children in the Westcountry.
Alan Goddard, managing director at Cornish Mutual, says: "As an
insurer for the rural community, we understand that farms and the
countryside can sometimes be a dangerous place for children. We
have developed this online teaching resource in order to help
pupils identify some of the dangers and learn how to deal with
"We have tried to open up new and exciting possibilities for
learning and we hope that our 'Farmsafe for Schools' initiative
will provide primary school teachers in the South West with
everything they need to deliver engaging lessons and help their
students to stay safe in the countryside."
Teacher Justin Vernon from Topsham School in Devon adds: "The
pack provides an imaginative and engaging programme covering a
number of subject areas. It is ready to go and a great resource to
use in the classroom. We have found that it is highly relevant to
children of this particular age and provides a good deal of
interactivity. The teaching materials in the 'Farmsafe for Schools'
resource gives the opportunity for young people to be creative, but
at the same time highlights some serious issues and concerns in a
very motivational way."
The first poster being sent out reminds children about the
existence of the 'Countryside Code' and encourages youngsters to
plan ahead and follow signs, leave gates and property how they
found them, protect plants and animals, take their litter home,
keep dogs under close control and think about others.
The second focuses on safety around animals, giving pupils
pointers on moving slowly and quietly, approaching from the front,
leaving animals alone if they are sleeping, eating or with their
young and washing their hands after touching an animal.
For more information about Cornish Mutual's 'Farmsafe for
Schools' initiative and to download any of the free teaching
resources, visit www.cornishmutual.co.uk/farmsafeforschools.