Greenbank Primary: First Aid Brought to Life is a narrative non-fiction that tells a story. It tells a story of a town called Humphrington, a school called Greenbank Primary and the Matthews family engaging with family, friends and teachers.
The main theme throughout the book is ‘what can you, as a 10-12 year old person, do to give first aid in a medical emergency?’ What are the simple key actions that you could take to help someone recover from a serious asthma attack, seizure, severe wound, broken limb and even drowning and cardiac arrest? Given that success rates in the UK for survival outside of hospital for cardiac arrest are below 10% there is a need for knowledge especially at a young age. In countries that invest in training young children in life saving skills, survival rates are far better than the UK. This book aims for improvement.
The other mission of the book is to make learning fun. The characters in the stories are developed and believable. There is humour and reality; having been in senior leadership roles in schools for over 33 years I have experience of them. All too often people have a view of first aid as being ‘boring’, ‘stuffy’ and not particularly engaging. As an instructor I have thousands of feedbacks saying that my training is interesting and involves real life scenarios. This is reflected in this book. It is engaging to the intended audience and beyond. This is, of course, enhanced by the superb artwork from Maggie Kneen who I am so lucky to know.
I also intended the book to be a resource to teachers. To use it as, not only as a factual study of life saving skills, but also as a source of literature and cross curriculum themes. What exactly did happen at Sebastopol in the Crimea War? What are the key marvels of Florence Nightingale, Lord Tennyson or Winston Churchill?
I really do hope that this book does make a contribution to children’s knowledge and interest in life saving. As adults, to not have the same level of fear and to be armed with skills to tackle life threatening events to a successful conclusion surely is something to aim for.
I really applaud your approach to teaching the fundamentals of First Aid to primary school children, in the format of a story, it’s brilliant.
The stories are exciting as well as informative, and being told through the teachers and pupils of a School is a perfect way to introduce and educate young children the importance of life skills training. I think that all youngsters would love to be part of a school community like Greenbank.
I am happy to add my support to your book and wish you every success in getting this into the school curriculum.”
Sir Alex Ferguson CBE
“One of the key things the Danny Jones Trust strives to get across regarding First Aid survival rates is a belief that educating young people in responding effectively to any medical emergencies they might experience throughout their lives is the way forward to improving survival rates. Greenbank Primary School is a book that illustrates that very point with its entertaining and easily understood outlining of the key principles involved for younger school children: It matches our motto of ‘Teach our children, change our future’ and I am very happy to support the book.”
“Having experienced a cardiac arrest and being saved I know, first hand, the importance of first aid training. Simon Daniels saved my life that day by performing CPR. We need to train our children early in their development to learn life saving skills. This is what Greenbank Primary School: First Aid Brought to Life is encouraging. It is a book that will link well into the curriculum in primary schools in particular. Children will soak this knowledge up and it will give them confidence in assessing and performing basic life-saving skills. Children are not afraid of these issues and as adults will be less hesitant in being involved in giving basic first aid. This book can make a big difference to our ability to save lives in the UK going forward. We really need to do this as evidence from Scandinavian countries and some states in the USA show that because they train their children from an early age survival rates for cardiac arrest outside of hospital are far better than ours.”
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