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Years 3-6

 

Curriculum Links

DFES provides free classroom activities and lesson plans for Year 3 to Year 6 teachers and their students. All excursions, lesson plans and classroom activities are linked to the Western Australian Curriculum and Reporting Outline.

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Home Fire Safety Program

About the program

The Home Fire Safety Program is a WA Curriculum-linked fire safety education program. It is designed to provide developmentally appropriate fire safety prevention messages and life-saving tips on how children can respond to a fire emergency in their homes.

The program includes classroom resources, a firefighter school incursion (Year 3 only) and an excursion to the Education and Heritage Centre (Years 2 to 6).

Classroom Resources

Year 3 Firefighter Incursion

Career firefighters visit Year 3 students in metropolitan Perth and larger regional centres. Teachers can contact their local metro or regional fire station to book an incursion. Incursions are free and run for approximately 60 minutes.

Volunteer firefighters may also be able to visit your school. Contact your local service to find out more.

Excursion (Years 2 – 6)

The Home Fire Safety excursion is available at the DFES Education and Heritage Centre during each school term. Bookings are essential.

The visit includes a tour of the engine room and fire gallery, dressing up as a firefighter whilst exploring a fire truck and its equipment. There is a group photo opportunity, so bring a camera!

Students are encouraged to return to school and draw their own Home Fire Escape Plan which they will take home and practise with their families.

The excursion runs for 90 minutes and the following sessions are available for bookings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only:

Morning: 10:15am to 11:45am
Afternoon: 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Students learn about:

  • Fire hazards in the home
  • Smoke and smoke alarms
  • Crawling low under smoke
  • Having a safe meeting place
  • Developing their own Home Fire Escape Plan for their family
  • Triple Zero (000)

As our gallery spaces are quite small, we recommend no more than 8 adults (including teachers and teacher assistants) attend the excursion with your class.

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Bushfire Patrol (Bushfire Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities)

Bushfire Patrol Overview

Bushfire Patrol includes DFES’ bushfire resources for teachers and students who live in the southwest land division of Western Australia. Bushfire Patrol aims to raise students and their family’s awareness, perception of risk and shared responsibility around bushfire in the community.

Bushfire Patrol is an award winning education resource, winning the State Division in the 2014 Resilient Australia Awards in Western Australia and receiving a Highly Commended Award at the national 2014 Resilient Australia Awards in Canberra.

Bushfire Patrol was developed in partnership with the Department of Education (WA).

Teaching Resources

The teaching resources include 5 lesson plans. The online games are missioned based and can be used as an introduction to lessons 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Involving Parents – Take Home Tasks

The effectiveness of Bushfire Patrol depends partly on some interaction between school and home, involving families in bushfire preparedness and planning activities.

In lesson 4, Bushfire Patrol asks students to conduct a Risky Building Survey (Year–Year 4) or Preparing Your Property Before the Bushfire Season Checklist (Year 5–Year 6) at home and discuss it with their parents and/or carers.

Students prepare a basic Bushfire Survival Plan in lesson 5. DFES encourages teachers to ask students to discuss and develop a Bushfire Survival Plan with their families. Students return to school with their advanced solutions and ideas that have arisen from discussion with their families.

To maximise parents and carers involvement in Bushfire Patrol, teachers can direct them to the resources listed below to help prepare themselves further and involve their children in planning for bushfire:

Invite your local Bushfire Brigade to your School

There is currently no formal incursion or guidelines for the Volunteer Bushfire Brigades or Emergency Services to visit students in Year 3 to Year 6.

Bushfire Patrol asks you to invite the local volunteer bushfire brigade or emergency services unit to your school to discuss their bushfire experiences and what to do during a bushfire threat. Please understand that due to the firefighters being volunteers and their operational requirements they may not have the capacity to visit your students.

If your local volunteer bushfire brigade or emergency services unit can attend, please discuss what you would like them to talk about prior to their visit. You may want students to prepare the questions that they would like to ask firefighters to answer. If you can, let firefighters know these questions in advance. A visit could include:

  • A discussion about safe and unsafe fire
  • How to respond to a bushfire Consequences of bushfires on firefighters, the community and the environment
  • Answering students’ questions about bushfire
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Li’l Larikkins

The Li’l Larikkins Bushfire Safety program has been developed to help students understand the importance of bushfire preparation and safety both at school and at home.

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Flood Lesson Plans and Resources

Raise students’ understanding and awareness of flood -- students learn how preparing their homes and planning for emergencies helps keep families and communities safe.

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Cyclone Lesson Plans and Resources

Raise students’ understanding and awareness of cyclone -- students learn how preparing their homes and planning for emergencies helps keep families and communities safe.

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Be Safe Around Water App

Be Safe Around Water’ helps primary school students to engage with water safety by identifying risky behaviours around eleven natural and man-made hazards involving water.

High-risk scenarios include dealing with floodwater; ocean swimming and storm warnings, and fishing off rocks. Children navigate the scenarios and identify safety concerns, unlocking subsequent levels and safety information.

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Home Schooled Groups

The Home Fire Safety excursion is available for home schooled year 3 to year 6 students at the DFES Education and Heritage Centre in Perth. Bookings are essential.

Parents are welcome to attend but younger siblings are unable to participate in all activities due to their content.

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School Holiday Activities

The DFES Education and Heritage Centre welcomes all casual visitors during school holidays.

However, we do not accept bookings from Vacation Care, Child Care Centres or any other group. If groups arrive at the Centre unannounced, they will be turned away.

The DFES Education and Heritage Centre participates in Perth City’s Playground Pass program in Term 1 and Term 2 school holidays each year.

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