Respect4us Prince’s Trust Health & Safety DVD
The Prince’s Trust group decided to do a H&S DVD after a discussion about their next project. It came about through conversation about some of the things they have done and how easily things could have gone badly wrong. They all agreed that it should be aimed at primary school children as most of the things they planned to put in it were from that age.
They planned each scene using a story board, acted out different scenes and decided which ones worked. We had lots of scenes that we didn’t use such as one where no one wears a seatbelt on the minibus which of course crashes and then catches fire. This was after a visit to Sprowston Fire station where they saw all the rescue equipment. They had a lot of fun with the drama but in the end they decided to focus on everyday things that happen at home and in parks when playing. They all had a role to play and took responsibility for making sure things happened.
They had a term to complete the dvd. Once it had been filmed and edited (with some special effects added by Tom Cowles a student at Norwich Art School) they agreed to show it to a local primary school.
We contacted Catton Grove Primary and they were happy for some of the group to come in and show their film.
On the day the Reece Dowson went onto the school to meet 59 year 5 students.
They watched the film and told him what they thought afterwards, some of the comments were:
It helps people to realise what can actual happen”
It was funny in parts but it teaches people to think about it.”
I think that it was good but it makes you think to be careful with a knife.”
It teaches me not to play with fire.”
Matches are dangerous things to play with.”
(Mrs Pattison- after telling them about an incident when she was younger).
The students suggested it should be sent to other schools so Respect4us will send copies out to local primary schools but anyone wishing to have a copy should contact them via their website www.respect4us.co.uk
Please click on the box below to watch the film.
Actors, writers and directors: Levi Lambert, Jake Mace, Carley Nelson, Chris Bartram, Rayhan Miah, Reece Dowson, Jake Dunnell, Michael Goodwin
Many thanks to Mark Cowles
of Norwich University College of the Arts
for help with the editing and graphics.