Welcome back to school – we have a thrilling term of learning ahead of us!
Our exciting new topic focus in Year 2 is the Great Fire of London and on Wednesday 9 January 2019, we welcomed Ollie Jardine from the London Fire Brigade to our class to tell us about fire safety.
Ollie talked to us about the work of firefighters and we discovered that as well as putting out fires, they do many other important jobs such as dealing with car crashes and rescuing animals. Ollie told us about the vital equipment and apparatus that firefighters need to wear (from helmets and metal boots to fire-proof gloves and breathing equipment.) We were astounded to learn that firefighters are trained to get all their firefighter clothes on in 30 seconds, jump down the pole in 30 seconds and be anywhere in London ready to fight a fire in 5 minutes!
We talked about how we should contact the emergency services in case of an emergency. Rino acted out ringing 999 to report an accident, remembering how important it is to stay calm, give clear details of what happened and to give the correct address.
Ollie explained the importance of having smoke alarms in buildings to alert people to fire and stressed that these should be tested each week to check that they are working. Kai helped Ollie to test a smoke alarm – it made a very loud noise!
We watched a film showing us how to react to a fire and then we had to identify potential fire dangers in a ‘hazard house’. We learned how important it is to make sure that all matches and lighters are kept out of reach, candles are positioned in safe places and plug sockets are not overloaded.
We learned how to keep ourselves safe if we are caught in a fire by reading out some memorable rhymes with Ollie like “Under the smoke, so you don’t choke” and “Call 999 and you will be fine.” We know that we must never return to a fire… we must leave it to the experts – the firefighters.
What a brilliant talk it was! We learned so much about fire safety. Later that day, we all wrote thank you letters to Ollie and created fire safety posters for the classroom. Many thanks to the incredible London Fire Brigade and the amazing work they do.
Mrs Mooney 2MH