A visit to Beardwood Hospital

Learning lots with Year 1

Year 1 enjoyed a morning of interactive learning today when they visited Beardwood Hospital as part of their topic on Ourselves and Our Bodies. They were met by Beardwood’s Executive Director and current parent, Sam Sheehan and Nurse, Sue Walsh.

The children enjoyed looking at the CT Scanner, which is called Tom (after Sam’s son, Thomas). Whilst doing this, they met one of the Radiographers who explained about the way the CT Scanner works. The children were amazed to learn that the machine can take up to 1000 pictures in 10 seconds!

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After this, Nurse Sue put a magic hand gel on the children’s hands. When they put their hands under the special lamp, it showed where any germs appeared. Sam then took them all to wash their hands and showed them the best way to do this. They all rubbed and scrubbed their hands until the bubbles in the soap were visible before rinsing them and drying them off. They were amazed when they placed their hands back under the lamp; some parts of their hands were clean but others still showed a few germs here and there. After this session, all of the children knew how important it was to wash their hands well so that all of the germs are killed off.

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As the session drew to a close, the children enjoyed a snack, provided by Beardwood Hospital. Nurse Sue then explained that the children would be getting a special goody bag that contained a work sheet about being a Champion Hand Washer. The children have to complete it as part of their homework. On completion of it, they will each receive a special teddy bear and certificate from Beardwood Hospital.

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Thank you to the team at Beardwood Hospital for a wonderful morning!