There are lots of people who help us in the community and it's great to learn about how they help us in our day-to-day lives. Some of these people help us in emergencies, like firefighters, police and doctors and nurses. If there is an emergency, you'll need to know how to get in touch with the right person to help you (however old you are).
Other people help us to stay safe and healthy, like opticians, dentists and refuse collectors. We looked at some of these people last week.
Anybody can do a job that helps other people if they have been trained properly – maybe you'll want to do one of these jobs when you grow up.
Learning about this topic will help our children to make connections between themselves and the outside world. It aims to make them more aware of the different jobs and roles people take on in their own homes, in school and in their local community. It can help allay fears for children who worry about going to visit medical specialists or have concerns about intruders or fire. By educating young children about the people who try and prevent these things happening or help us if they do we are showing children the systems in place within our society to ensure that we live in a safe and supportive community. The topic also provides key life skills for children (for example, knowing how to dial the emergency services, who to ask if they get lost, how to test smoke alarms, etc.).
This topic encourages children to notice places and people in their community and, show them that they are part of a wider community and opens up possibilities for them to consider future careers. If taught well it can also play a major role in helping to break down gender stereotypes and ensuring equal opportunities for everyone.
Talk with your grown up about school and think about these questions:
Who helps you at school?
Who helps you with your packed lunch?
Who helps you get to school on time?
Who helps Mrs Bee, Mrs Foy and Mrs Roys at school?
Who keeps our school clean?
Who makes sure we're all safe whilst we are at school?
Who is this? He visits Cubs every day and we love to talk to him about what we're learning about! Can you tell your grown up!
This is Mrs Thackery. She is St John's Business Manager. She looks after Cubs class and helps Mrs Bee, Mrs Foy and Mrs Roys so much. Can you paint a picture for her because she'd really like some of your art work for her office! She'd love to see your work on Tapestry too!
These are our two lovely dinner ladies who come in every day to help us open our lunches and look after us whilst Mrs Bee, Mrs Foy and Mrs Roys eat their dinner. They are so kind to us. Can you tell your grown up how they help you?
Can you draw a picture of Mrs Bee, Mrs Roys and Mrs Foy?
How do they help you?
This is Mrs Bierton. She cleans our classroom and makes sure there are no germs. Maybe you could make Mrs Bierton a thank you card for helping us!