SkillZONE to offer free safety lessons to Year 5 pupils

Primary schools in Gloucestershire are being invited to bring their Year 5 pupils for a free visit to the county's only safety centre SkillZONE.

Between September this year and March 2016 SkillZONE will be offering all primary, junior and special school pupils in Year 5 the chance to visit the centre and learn more about road, home and fire safety and much more. Skillzone, which opened three years ago, has an indoor village that gives groups the chance to experience a range of realistic scenarios in a bid to help young people and their families to stay safe. Thousands of young people have already been to SkillZONE and evidence shows that they remember vitally important safety information that could help reduce accidents for years to come. SkillZONE will be contacting primary schools during September inviting them to book a free trip for Year 5 students through its online booking system. The work is linked to Gloucestershire's new PINK Curriculum and supports the PSHE work taking place in schools. Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said, "I am delighted that the county council has been able to support these valuable life skill lessons for every Year 5 child in Gloucestershire. These children will take away essential life skills which they can share with their families too." All school groups will be taught about road safety, fire safety and hazards in the home and teachers will be able to choose a further six scenarios covering areas such as water safety, online activity, criminal justice, personal safety or eating healthily. To find out more information about SkillZONE visit http://skillzone.glosfire.gov.uk/