Paramedics from Scottish Ambulance Service came into Alford Academy today to teach pupils how to deal with a casualty who has suffered cardiac arrest. The input was part of a series of scenarios S1 pupils have been going through with Guidance teachers called – ‘keeping yourself safe’.
The pupils learned how to –
- check for danger to help keep themselves, the casualty, and bystanders safe.
- check for a response from the casualty by shouting and gently shaking them.
- shout for help & how to call 999 and what information is required.
- check the casualty’s airways by looking into their mouths and opening their airway.
- check for breathing by watching if their chest moves up and down & putting an ear above their lips and nose to hear if they are breathing.
- check their circulation by looking at the colour of their skin.
- perform chest compressions & use the defibrillator to help a casualty who has suffered cardiac arrest.
Pupils were able to put their learning into practice by using the manikins to perform this sequence.
Alford Academy would like to thank Scottish Ambulance Service for providing such fantastic, worthwhile and potentially lifesaving training to our S1 pupils.
S1 Social Studies have been learning about the conflict in Ukraine and processing their thoughts. They’ve made posters to express their feelings on the conflict or try to explain what is happening. Here is some of their work from this week.
The S1 study and organisation class, with Mrs Anderson, have completed a kindness project based learning task to try and create a pandemic of kindness at Alford Academy as part of kindness week. We worked in groups to think of ideas to do with kindness. We also wanted to develop our organising skills and confidence by completing this project.
Our class had a discussion about kindness and what we could do to spread kindness around the school. We had lots of ideas but we picked the best ones and also the ones we could do within the covid regulations. We decided we were going to send staff a positive sticky note and leave it in their pigeon holes. We also left positive sticky notes on random lockers for the pupils. We designed signs to remind people to hold the doors open for each other and also researched and shared kindness tips and quotes in the school bulletin for 2 weeks.
The skills we learned during our kindness pandemic project were as follows:
We used teamwork when we wrote kindness tips for the bulletin. We used our numeracy skills when we counted all of the lockers and pigeon holes. We had to be confident when we asked the headteacher if we could put up our hand signs on the doors. We used our computer skills when using google docs when writing the blog, researching ideas and for making the questionnaire. We all worked creatively when we designed and drew our hand signs. Finally, we communicated with each other throughout the project to complete the work quickly and effectively.
Our questionnaire feedback included some really positive and heart-warming responses. Some examples were that the positive notes made people feel happy, energised, pleased, worthy, chuffed, excited, seen, and part of the team. Some people thought the tips in the bulletin were very helpful as a daily reminder to stay positive, have courage and be kind. One response said this was a nice idea by nice people and another thanked us for organising the project. Reading all the feedback has made us overjoyed and proud of our project.
Remember and always be kind!
S1 Study and Organisation.
S1 pupils in Maths have had an excellent start to their academy journey and for the past three weeks have been taking part in a project centred around Black History Month and Space Week. The pupils watched the film ‘Hidden Figures’ which is the story of 3 amazing black, female mathematicians who worked for NASA in the 1950s, and their involvement in early space travel. The pupils then carried out some research on one of the main characters in the film, or on Maths in the Past, Present and Future of Space Travel.
We have been really impressed with the conversations and understanding shown by the pupils, they have really engaged with the project, and we have had some really interesting responses to our questions about the film.
Pupils had a choice of how they wanted to present their research, and we have received a wide variety of, reports, powerpoints, posters and hand drawn artwork that pupils have used to share their research. A small selection are shown below, we hope to find a way to share the learning wider after the October break.
Well done S1!!
Well done to our budding S1 Scientists who have all graduated from their ‘Introductory Science’ topic. We are almost finished the practical assessments which are to ensure our pupils have the skills and confidence to conduct practical experiments safely.
What have we been learning? Well we have been lighting Bunsen Burners safely, identifying hazard symbols, making crystals, burning magnesium and learning skills such as graph drawing and equipment diagrams.
It has been a busy term already but all pupils have a google classroom and all materials can be found here so they can recap their lessons and build on their knowledge.
Well done S1!