Survival Kit Challenge

What would be needed in a survival kit and why?

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  • > Good for ages: 7 - 11
  • > Supports: Science, PSHE, Geography, Social sciences, Health and Wellbeing, The world around us, Personal development and mutual understanding
  • > Time needed: 1 lesson

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Using the worksheet 'Survival Kit Challenge':

a) Ask the class what the things are that every person needs to stay alive (air, food, water, warmth are the basic elements).

b) Discuss how adventurers travelling or exploring will need to make sure that these things are available. Lifeboats include a survival kit as do military aircrafts in case the pilots have to eject in isolated places.

c) The worksheet challenges pupils working in groups to design a survival kit containing eight items, including something for sun safety. The items need to fit into a pack no larger than a thick paperback novel (so have one handy for the children to refer to).

d) Before starting, pupils can imagine what sort of wild places they might find themselves in when exploring. What might they see, smell and hear in these places? What are the dangers they might encounter? (for example in the jungle, in the desert or in mountains). What item in a survival kit might help them in each case?

e) Groups can share their ideas, explaining their choices.