School’s first-class first aiders

Didn't they do well ... Back row, from left, Amy Partridge, Thomas Gentry and William Brazier: front, from left, Charlotte Fenner, Daneil Sing and Arran Tosh.
Didn't they do well ... Back row, from left, Amy Partridge, Thomas Gentry and William Brazier: front, from left, Charlotte Fenner, Daneil Sing and Arran Tosh.
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LEARNING how to deal with a broken arm, an asthma attack, or even an electric shock is all part of the school timetable for these children from St Andrew’s Primary School in Great Yeldham.

The children are being taught first aid regularly, as teachers at the school believe it is a valuable skill to learn – to help one another, and to know how to look after themselves.

Now the children have been presented with the St John Ambulance Schools Mark in recognition of the fact that more than one fifth of pupils there are being taught first aid.

Last year, the school took part in the St John Ambulance Junior Competition and won the regional finals for the South East.

They went through to the national finals this year, and came tenth out of 15 schools.

Headteacher Maria Trappitt said: “First aid is taught on a regular basis to our Year 5 and 6 pupils. It was the idea of one of our staff, Anne Buckland.

“This is part of our healthy schools programme and we think it’s worthwhile because the children learn about their bodies in science and this helps them to understand how to look after them.

“The children really enjoy it as it’s very practical and they have been taught things like dealing with broken limbs, cuts, bruises, scalds, electric shocks and asthma attacks.”

Val Morris, a representative from St John Ambulance, presented the school with the award last week.