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  1. Stage 1
  2. Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  3. Activities
  4. School Safety Report and Letter
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School Safety Report and Letter

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Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Healthy Choices

Description of activity

In advance, organise a basic map or outline of the school grounds for each child.

  1. Students walk around the main parts of the school. Using a map of the school they colour in the places that are considered safe and unsafe for play.
    GREEN if they are allowed to play in that area (considered safe)
    RED if they are not allowed to play in that area (considered unsafe)
  2. Students look for hazards in their school environment (eg loose paving, broken benches) and note these on their map. In class they discuss potential hazards and things that could be done to make the school environment safer (eg rules, boundaries for play time, equipment allowed).
  3. Students write a letter or report to the principal highlighting any safety issues and suggesting ways that the school environment could be made safer.

Suggested materials

Map or outline of the school grounds, scaffold for letter/report to the principal

Prior learning

Students have learnt about how both the environment and their behaviour can affect safety. They have defined the terms ‘hazard’ and ‘dangerous’. They have investigated another setting (eg home, road) and made suggestions about how the environment could be modified to improve safety there. They have discussed the importance of setting and following rules to maintain safety, and they have explored reasons why rules might not be followed (eg pressure from peers, being in a hurry). Students have jointly constructed letters and reports in other units of work.


Communicating (COS1.1)
Communicates appropriately in a variety of ways.
Problem Solving (PSS1.5)
Draws on past experiences to solve familiar problems.
Safe Living (SLS1.13)
Recognises that their safety depends on the environment and the behaviour of themselves and others.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • apply knowledge of the school rules for safe play by identifying places where they are allowed and not allowed to play in the school environment
  • identify hazards in the school environment
  • suggest how school safety could be improved
  • communicate the information gathered through a short letter or report to the school principal.
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