Practise first aid skills

First aid kit

Once your group have learned a range of first aid skills they can practise them to check what they have learned and put their skills into action.  The activity ideas below can be used in group settings, they are interactive and fast paced to remind learners of what to do when someone needs first aid.

Learning objectives

  • Practise applying first aid skills to a known situation in a role play
  • Understand the bystander effect and helping qualities
  • Practise prioritising and overcoming barriers to helping in a known situation
A teacher standing in front of a whiteboard

Practise activity ideas

Skills practise

Learners practise doing the skills they've learned by miming the action or practising the action on a manikin. Encourage learners to do it in pairs and review and support each other to check they are performing the action correctly.

Skills carousel

Learners practise identifying the first aid injury/illness and the correct action needed to help by moving between first aid stations in a carousel. Someone at each station reads out the signs and symptoms that person is showing and the learners identify what it is and how they should help.

Everyday first aid items

Show learners a selection of everyday items they could find around their house or on their person and ask them to match the item to the skill and describe how they would use it to help.

Role play

In small groups, encourage learners to read through the selection of role play cards on each first aid skill page and discuss the different people involved, how they helped and how they could help differently in the future. Use a selection of other activities to perform these role plays and investigate the key moments of the story.

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Raheem checks for breaths on his unresponsive friend Mark

First aid skills

Learn and practise 17 different first aid skills secondary school students can use to help others.

Joanna reassures Finn after his allergic reaction

Helping others

Learn about the bystander effect, what inspires people to help and the qualities of people who act.

Josh and his friends look happy after he has recovered from his asthma attack

Safety and wellbeing

Learn and practise how to keep safe, use coping skills and look after your wellbeing when helping others.

Allanah is wrapped in a blanket and her friends are trying to warm her up with a hot drink

Share and remember

Share what you’ve learned with others and remember your learning