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Key Stages


Key Stage - Three.
Age 11 - 14 year olds


Underlying Teaching Philosophy
Children in Key Stage 3 will be expected to deal with huge transitional changes in their life's and will be faced with a new set of challenges.


When a child enters Key Stage 3, they are experiencing independence and they are making informative decisions for themselves, resulting in them taking more responsibility for their actions.


Children at this age are educated to question information and will be requested to work things out for themselves.


It is important at this stage to challenge a child's mind by combining research with exploration with creativity.


Key Stage 3 is about re-enforcing standards and moralistic values which will have been planted at an earlier age.

Within key Stage 3, role models in a child's development both from an educational and social aspect will be trying to inject motivation, enthusiasm, independence and moralistic values. Noticeable gaps in peer groups will be shown both academically and socially. Children from similar social backgrounds and educational groups will demonstrate a larger variety of interests and skills, resulting in a reduction of interest in other areas. It is important in particular at Key Stage 3 to retain a child's interest academically and socially. It is often at this point in a child's life that they start to question and rebel against their boundaries and requests that are being made of them.


Children are natural explorers; they will question the level of acceptance. This module of the grammar of safety signs has been designed to encourage the child to question the content and in turn, work the solution out using a combination of essential life skills in the form of communication, problem solving and team work. By educating in this way a child will take ownership of the topic in addition to questioning what level of risk is acceptable both in the school and social environment not only to themselves but also to others around them. The HSSA recognise that developing essential life skills at such an informative and influential age will be a
huge benefit to the individual and to future employers.


Children at Key Stage 3 are often already starting to think about entering the world of work in a part time capacity; at this point a child will be faced with new experiences and new levels of risk. When calculating accidents in the workplace, the 14 – 16 year old category is often not a true reflection of the reality as a large percentage of teenagers who take on part time employment often work for small businesses.


The businesses, on occasion, do not comply with all health and safety legislation and, in particular, the recording, reporting, investigating and monitoring accident statistics, resulting in the HSE not receiving information.


The module aims to be complementary to the curriculum, in particular:


  • Citizenship.
  • Art and Design.



Learning Objectives
Pupils should be able to:


  • Recognize a dangerous situation and the instruction of how to deal with the situation through the use of safety signage.
  • Identify the meaning and purpose of safety signs in school and public places.
  • Confidently and competently be able to react to the message that is being delivered through the grammar of a safety sign.
  • Design a series of safety signs using the correct symbol, geometric shape and colour.


The Key Stage 3 Module of the grammar of safety signs has been designed to be:

  • Taught over a period of time i.e. 1 half term.
  • Broken down into 4 lessons (plus pre- and post-assessments).
  • Prior to commencement there is a pre-lesson assessment.
  • On completion of the module there is a post-lesson assessment.


The Key Stage 3 Module, can be used as continued teaching following the Foundation and Key Stage 1 and 2 modules or alternatively it can be used independently.

Prior to the commencement of the teaching programme there is a pre-lesson assessment, which has been designed to measure the children's knowledge of the grammar of safety signs to date. On completion of the series of lessons there is a post-lesson assessment ensuring that the teachers can measure the child's retention of the information taught. The grammar of safety signs is designed to be an informative tool which will influence children not only in the classroom environment but also provide knowledge that will defiantly be required throughout a person's life.


Each lesson has accompanying activity sheets.

Each lesson clearly states the materials required in order to deliver the lesson effectively.