Chapelford Village Primary School has continued to offer all pupils a series of mini first aid sessions. This initiative is unique and offers progressive learning, tailored to specific year groups, ensuring that students acquire age-appropriate first aid skills.

This year, the focus of the mini first aid sessions varies across different year groups:

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS): The Importance of Safe Eating For the youngest learners, the emphasis is on the significance of safe eating. Students in the Early Years Foundation Stage are engaged in interactive sessions that teach them the basics of safe eating habits, promoting awareness about potential risks and preventive measures. They learnt how to hit teddy on his back to prevent choking and how to answer questions that the emergency services might ask them. EYFS have recently had a visit from the paramedics and ambulances so this was another opportunity to build upon their learning.

Year 1 and Year 2: Dealing with Bleeding, Head Bumps, and Understanding the Recovery Position In Year 1 and Year 2, students delve into essential first aid skills. They learn how to handle common injuries such as bleeding and head bumps, as well as understanding the recovery position – a key element in ensuring the well-being of someone in distress. They learnt to apply plasters correctly and re-visited how to call 999 and respond to questions they may be asked by the emergency service team. 

Year 3: CPR, Recovery Position, and Dealing with Burns Moving on to Year 3, students are introduced to a broader set of first aid skills. Sessions include the DRAB protocol (Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing), CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), the recovery position, and dealing with burns. These fundamental skills can prove crucial in emergency situations.

Year 4: CPR, Recovery Position, and Dealing with Choking In Year 4, the focus shifts to dealing with choking incidents. Students learn the DRAB protocol (Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing), CPR techniques, the recovery position, and how to assist someone who is choking – an essential skill that can save lives.

Year 5: CPR, Recovery Position, and Dealing with Bleeding Year 5 students build upon their first aid knowledge by focusing on dealing with bleeding. This includes understanding the DRAB protocol, performing CPR, using the recovery position, and effectively managing situations involving bleeding. They learnt how to apply bandages quickly and effectively to stop bleeding. 

Year 6: CPR, and Use of the Defibrillator In their final year at Chapelford Village Primary School, Year 6 students receive advanced first aid training. They become proficient in the DRAB protocol (Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing, and Circulation), CPR techniques, and, crucially, learn how to use a defibrillator – a life-saving device in cases of cardiac emergencies.

The mini first aid sessions at Chapelford Village Primary School not only equip students with valuable life skills but also instil a sense of responsibility and preparedness. By tailoring the curriculum to the specific needs of each year group, the Chapelford Village Primary School aims to empower its pupils with the knowledge and confidence to respond effectively in emergency situations, promoting a culture of safety and well-being.

We would like to say a massive thank you to our Mini First Aid trainers - they have been absolutely fabulous and the children have both enjoyed their sessions but have walked away with life saving information and skills. Here is a link to their website for further information: