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Lesson One - Danger/Prohibition signs

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Napo’s Best Signs for Safety

Note: Though it is possible to use these lessons as separate units, it is recommended to work through each plan in logical succession
Napo’s Best Signs for Safety

This toolkit introduce children to basic safety signs, helping them to identify and differentiate between different shaped signs and understand why signs help us stay safe with a fun role-play game.

Teacher guidance:

It is never too early to introduce children to the basic safety concepts that for adults come under the umbrella of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH).

Napo is a charming character who can help children think, understand and act on safety issues. To find out more about Napo, click here: Who is Napo There is a wide range of Napo films, so please feel free to explore them and use them in your own classes.

Some of the basic safety concepts in this lesson plan can link to curriculum already being taught. This resource presents a range of great ideas which you can use to help integrate these safety concepts into your lessons. This specific project can stand alone as a lesson or be part of a wider project. It links to other subjects, as shown, but its main purpose is to use the engaging Napo films to teach children about the different types of safety signs, what they mean and how they help us keep safe from harm.

We have also provided a full lesson plan as an example of how these ideas might be used. The first section gives an overview of the activities, objectives and resources required for the lesson. It is followed by a more detailed example of a three-part lesson plan with an idea for extending the learning.

If you need more information on basic safety and health topics raised in this project, you can find it in the corresponding helpsheet for this lesson plan in the third section.


Learning Objectives

To raise awareness of a range of warning signs and know why they are important

To evaluate the way signs convey their meaning

To raise awareness of using signs to protect yourself

Groups evaluate each other’s performance and test each other’s knowledge of what each sign shape means

Masks can be used to make a classroom display.

Activity Overview - See lesson plan for further detail

40/45 minutes

Watch the Napo film clip provided with this lesson: Safety Signs Danger Prohibition

Best Signs Story: Introduction; Yellow Triangle (Danger Signs); Danger – suspended load; Red Circle (Prohibition Signs); No smoking.

Possible activities:

Discuss each scene, what is happen- ing and why. List some reasons as to why people didn’t take notice of signs.

Show a choice of signs from the full set of signs included in the EU Direc- tive (see Helpsheet). Discuss the basic rules of colours and shapes of safety signs.

Draw an example of each sign.

Explain the purpose/usefulness of signs and their different meanings.

In teams take one shape sign – Triangle and Round – that conveys either danger, or forbidden.

Make the signs into masks that can be fixed onto sticks and held up in front of the face.

Think about how the signs may speak or act to make sure they are noticed e.g. stern voice and body language for danger, strong loud au- thoritative voice and body language for prohibition.

Discuss typical risks we meet in everyday life and how they are linked to signs.

These can be practiced and modelled by the teacher in advance of group work if necessary.

Test the whole class on their knowl- edge of what signs say and mean and why they are important through group plenary.

Extension work can research other signs, including some simple road signs, and create a sign for the school.

Resources required

Napo film clip (provided)

Plain paper and coloured crayons to draw signs

Shape templates for some students (provided)

Red and yellow card and sticks to make masks on sticks

Links to subjects/curriculum

Personal, social and health education

Rules for and ways of keeping safe, as well as about people who can help them stay safe

To recognise how their behaviour affects other people


Shape recognition


To recognise warning signs and take notice of them

Citizenship/Education for civil life

To recognise hazards, assess consequent risks and risk control

Foreign/native language

Inventing simple sentences when explaining the signals

Road Safety

To recognise warning signs and take notice of them

Napo’s Best Signs for Safety: Lesson One – Danger/Prohibition signs

This film provides a basic introduction to health and safety signs and symbols found in the workplace. It provides a useful guide for new employees and a valuable refresher for other workers. Different workplace situations are shown where safety signs are important. This film is suitable for all sectors and all levels of employees but especially for young people in training or work experience.

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