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Second grade: What your child should know

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The purpose of this segment is to help connect what is known about students’ cognitive development with what you want them to understand about science concepts and the nature of science. Use this brief description, combined with your knowledge of your students, to guide you in making instructional decisions appropriate for your grade level.

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The Art of Managing Middle School Students

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Squirrels. That is what they remind me of. We were all that age once and we were all just like squirrels! Have you ever watched a squirrel? Zoom, freeze for two seconds, flick tail, and repeat. The trick for being a successful middle school teacher is holding their attention for more than just those few seconds. Believing that that is possible requires a huge leap of faith and trust.

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Interactive safety centre offers free tours

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Over 1,000 Year 5 pupils in Gloucestershire have been taught life-saving safety tips since funded visits to the country’s newest safety centre, SkillZONE began in April.

Pupils from St Paul’s Primary school learning about water safety on a visit to SkillZONE.

Pupils from St Paul’s Primary school learning about water safety on a visit to SkillZONE.

More 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 this term. The £35,000 Gloucestershire County Council funded initiative is until March 31, 2015.

The state-of-the-art facility in Gloucester uses realistic sights, smells and noises to teach children life skills and about safety. Scenarios such as a dark alley, a beach or an internet cafe are used to get important messages across such as stranger danger, water safety or cyber bullying.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer Stewart Edgar says; “It gives me great pleasure to provide these safety lessons to every Year 5 pupil and it was heartening to see we were fully booked by schools last term.”

SkillZONE teaches children about vital decisions such as how to evacuate from a house fire or treat a burn and we want as many pupils as possible to benefit from these free sessions.

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.

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 a bus, a police cell, a Magistrate’s court and a shop.

To find out more about SkillZONE or to book visit: skillzonetest.co.uk

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Free trips for Year 5

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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 the end of March 2015.

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.

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.

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: skillzonetest.co.uk

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Safe Summer Day pulls huge crowd despite rain

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Torrential rain and thunderstorms couldn’t dampen the spirit of over 1,000 enthusiastic residents who turned up for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s first ever Safe Summer Fun Day on Saturday July 19th.

Fire truck demonstrations, a robot treasure hunt and a chance to tour the newest safety centre in the country is just a sample of what was enjoyed by the record number of people for an open day.

Firefighter house rescue.

Firefighter house rescue.

Working together with safety centre, SkillZONE and Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership the flagship event for the fire service this year offered a chance for local residents to visit Gloucester South Fire Station and experience SkillZONE.

The free family event promoted the underlying theme of having a safe summer holiday and was also packed full of great kid’s activities in the KidZONE such as face painting, games and coloring.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Geoff Sallis says: “We were overwhelmed by the great crowd of local people who came to our event despite the rain. Along with enjoying all the activities on offer we hope that residents took on board the summer safety advice for a happy holiday.”

“A big thank-you to all that supported this year’s Safe Summer Fun Day whether they were stall holders or our partners such as the Police, Ambulance, British Red Cross and the RNLI.”

Nathan Timbrell, with 2 year old Shay meeting PCSO Tracy Wren and Colin the Crocodile Copper.

Nathan Timbrell, with 2 year old Shay meeting PCSO Tracy Wren and Colin the Crocodile Copper.

Longlevens resident Vanessa Rose says; “I’ve been to lots of fire station open days and this was the best yet. There was lots of interaction and it exceeded my expectations. The kids loved it.”

Phillip Marshall of Linden added; “Everything seen today reinforced good safety messages for the kids. If you tell them as parents they don’t listen but learning from the people here at SkillZONE really brings it home. It’s been awesome.”

Hundreds of visitors took up the chance to try out SkillZONE’s innovative safety village and 130 children were given out goodie bags for completing the robot treasure hunt.

Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership provided The Bike hub with Gloucester Bike Project offering free safety checks and tune ups, a pedal powered smoothie maker and 7-11 year old children took part in the off-road bike handling skills activity. Go karts were also run by Cirkitz International and Kwik Fit, giving users a chance to find out how dangerous it is to drive under the influence by wearing special beer goggles.

In the afternoon fire truck demonstrations kept crowds entertained and dancers from Linda Virgoe Dance Academy performed their modern, jazz and ballet routine.

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Summer safety tips for families

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Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and its safety centre SkillZONE are providing summer safety advice for families.

10,000 leaflets are being delivered around the Tuffley based safety centre and station ahead of its free Safe Summer Fun Day on Saturday July 19th 2014, 10:30am – 4:30pm.

These are being posted to invite residents to the Fire Station open day and to SkillZONE, both found on Tuffley Lane, Gloucester, GL4 0AS as well as to offer the  tips below:

Home Safety

  • Always have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home and test regularly
  • Be prepared by making a plan of escape
  • Make a bedtime check including close doors and unplug electrical appliances

 

Travelling

  • Be prepared and plan your journey
  • Make sure your vehicle is safe, legal and roadworthy
  • Ensure that you are fit and safe to drive

 

Holidays

  • Having a working smoke alarm in a caravan is just as important as having one in your home
  • Avoid open fires in the countryside, only use designated safe areas
  • Never use candles in a caravan or tent

 

Free home safety checks are available by calling 0800 180 4140.

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Skillzone uses hair straighteners to cook breakfast with local pupils

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As part of this year’s Child Accident Prevention Week (23-29 June 2014), pupils from Kingsholm Primary School will visit Gloucestershire’s only safety centre to learn about the dangers of burns and scalding caused by hair straighteners.

This year the awareness week, led by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), will focus on the theme of ‘Morning Mayhem’.

Stewart Edgar, Chief Fire Officer said: “We know that for many the morning can be a busy time – especially for those who have young children. By teaching young people the dangers of hair straighteners along with other house hold items we’re helping to keep them safe from serious injury.

“Hair straighteners stay hot for longer than you think. Your child can be burned if they touch them – even if they’ve been unplugged for up to 15 minutes. By storing hair straighteners safely on a high shelf or inside a heatproof bag keeps them out of children’s reach.”

CAPT reports that hair straightener burns have doubled in recent years and now contribute to one in ten burns to children. In addition, six toddlers are admitted to hospital every day as a result of being badly burned.

Cllr Will Windsor Clive, Cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn the simple skills to help protect themselves from an easily preventable emergency. The SkillZONE centre provides a great service to children meaning they can make the right choices now and later on in life.”

If you or your school would like to find out more about SkillZONE visit skillzonetest.co.uk. For a limited period, primary schools in Gloucestershire can bring their Year 5 pupils for free.

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