A day of safety first for Cranwell pupils

In the cab of the Gist demonstration truck to understand a driver's eye view. from left - Alfie McMillan and Amelie English with Gist lorry driver Laura Salmon. EMN-150411-155655001

In the cab of the Gist demonstration truck to understand a driver's eye view. from left - Alfie McMillan and Amelie English with Gist lorry driver Laura Salmon. EMN-150411-155655001

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The end of term at Cranwell Primary School saw pupils immersing themselves in a day of activities to brush up on keeping safe.

The E-safety Day is now a regular event every two years and children were allowed to go in non-uniform and start the day by having breakfast in the hall with their parents.

Lincolnshire Emergency Medical Response team let the children have a go in their car and try on the uniforms. From left - Year 1 pupils Ruby Cumming and Oliver Mitchell, both aged five. EMN-150411-155706001

Lincolnshire Emergency Medical Response team let the children have a go in their car and try on the uniforms. From left - Year 1 pupils Ruby Cumming and Oliver Mitchell, both aged five. EMN-150411-155706001

There they were able to show parents the serving area installed to provide the universal school meals for Key Stage One children introduced by the Government.

Teacher Fiona Birchenall organised the event and said it was the first opportunity parents had had to look around the school’s refurbishments.

Profits from the breakfast were donated to Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance charity.

Pupils took turns to take part in each of the activity sessions in a rota throughout the day, with teachers and visiting experts advising on electrical and fire safety, water safety, road and cycle safety, internet safety and taking care when encountering strangers.

Former truck driver with Gist, Mick Spiller, helps Cranwell school children understand the dangers around lorries, with Child safety Officer Emily Nicholson. EMN-150411-155629001

Former truck driver with Gist, Mick Spiller, helps Cranwell school children understand the dangers around lorries, with Child safety Officer Emily Nicholson. EMN-150411-155629001

Volunteers from the Lincolnshire Emergency Medical Response scheme brought in their rapid response cars to let children meet the medics and learn what happens in an emergency. The youngsters were also able to try on the protective gear and test the sirens, as well as being given guidance on using road safely with pedestrian crossings marked on the playground.

A lorry from GIST haulage was parked in the playground where truck drivers Laura Salmon and Mick Spiller let the youngsters climb into the cab to understand what a driver can or cannot see. They demonstrated stopping distances for lorries and explained where children should position themselves safely on paths near roads.

Mrs Birchenall said: “It is about giving the children information so they are as safe as possible. As the children grow older we give them more information. We have also been getting them to learn their parents’ mobile phone numbers so they can go to a ‘safe’ stranger, such as a policeman, if they are lost, and say how to get in touch with parents.”

Learning their road safety rules at Cranwell School's safety day. from left - Lollipop man Cameron Donnor, pedal car driver Callum Kneen and 'pedestrians' Harry Tupholme, Isobel Glodkowski and Felicity Loco using the zebra crossing. EMN-150411-155645001

Learning their road safety rules at Cranwell School's safety day. from left - Lollipop man Cameron Donnor, pedal car driver Callum Kneen and 'pedestrians' Harry Tupholme, Isobel Glodkowski and Felicity Loco using the zebra crossing. EMN-150411-155645001