Children at Chilton Primary School have learned a very important lesson – how to save a life.
Year 6 pupils have been awarded their basic First Aid certificates after being taught a series of skills and techniques in a special workshop session with Andy Webb from Kent Surf School.
Each class learnt about the importance of basic first aid, what to do in an emergency situation and how to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
They were also shown how to use an automated external defibrillator that automatically diagnoses life-threatening cardiac emergencies and is able to treat them through the application of electricity which allows the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.
They were also informed whereabouts in the local community the AED machines can be found.
Year 6 teacher Helen Rowland-Hill said : “These sessions were organised as part of our Science exit point as the children have been learning about the pulmonary and systemic circulation system.
“First Aid and CPR are important skills for everyone to learn. The AED machines feature clear instructions on how to attach the defibrillator pads. The unit assesses the heart rhythm and will only instruct you to deliver a shock if it is needed.
“The pupils took their instructions very seriously and asked thoughtful and structured questions.”
Head of School Kate Law said: “These practical sessions really brought the topic to life for the children. They have acquired knowledge and skills that will stand them in good stead in an emergency throughout their lives.”
Andy Webb, owner of Kent Surf School in Broadstairs, is also a trainer of the Water Skills Academy which specialises in water sport instructor training and First aid qualifications.