Welcome to the Sun Safe Schools educational resource bank. All our resources have been bespoke designed by Skcin to offer the most comprehensive range of fun and engaging, curriculum linked learning for primary school children of all ages and abilities - all in one place and at your fingertips! Our mission is to develop children’s understanding of the benefits and dangers of the sun, to influence behaviours and encourage the development of healthy lifestyle choices.
Under the new PHSE curriculum, English Primary schools now have a statutory obligation to teach children about safe and unsafe exposure to the sun and how to reduce the risk of sun damage including skin cancer. Our commitment is to make this enjoyable and effective for both children and teachers, with maximum impact on learning outcomes and minimum impact on valuable time and resources.
All educational resources are the strict copyright of Skcin, and should only be used by primary schools undertaking their accreditation process. They should not be copied, altered or shared with any third party outside of your school setting. Thank you.
Whole School Resources!
The following whole school resources are our favourite picks that can be enjoyed by and benefit each and every class in the school (please note that we have provided a comprehensive resource specifically for Year 6 leavers below).
Sun Safe Schools Whole School Assembly
Introduce and reinforce key Sun Safe messaging and your participation in the Sun Safe Schools national accreditation programme with this fun and engaging assembly which forms part of your accreditation process. We have provided you with presentation slides, a full script, plus the popular ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ song recording, music and words to deliver an all inclusive whole school assembly to remember.
Class UVI Presentation and UV Monitoring
Teach children about the Sun’s ultraviolet radiation, how it can damage our skin and eyes and why it is important to check the UV index daily and protect ourselves from UV. We have provided you with a whole class presentation, UV monitoring display posters and a ‘design a UV monitor badge’ activity. This is a valuable resource for children of all ages, giving them responsibility whilst reinforcing key messaging daily!
Paper Plate Sun Reward Charts & Certificates
Have fun with the whole class creating our paper plate sun safety reward charts that recognises the children’s commitment to displaying good sun safe practices and great sun safe work by working towards gaining their Sun Safe Superstar Certificates! Why not create a wall display with your reward charts and enter your display into our competition to win heaps of resources for your school! Details are all enclosed :)
Sun Safe Schools Wall Display Templates
Create an impressive wall display using the templates provided to get the whole class working creatively to reinforce the importance of checking the daily UVI and using their Five S’s of Sun Safety! We have provided you with 40 different templates that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities. Why not enter your display into our competition to win heaps of resources for your school! Details are all enclosed :)
George The Sun Safe Superstar Story Book
Written by Skcin, the wonderful rhyming story of the Sun Safe Schools mascot ‘George the Sun Safe Superstar’ is an absolute favourite with primary school children of all ages! Complemented by a question and answer discussion based lesson plan, and backed up with a wide range of activity and work sheets shown below - the whole class can identify with his journey and learn about the importance of Sun Safety.
George The Sun Safe Superstar Animation
Watch, listen and learn with the fabulous animated version of the ‘George the Sun Safe Superstar’ rhyming story written by Skcin. Voiced by former singer, TV presenter and model Jenny Frost and sponsored by AXA PPP Healthcare, this is one of our most popular resources and a firm favourite with the kids! As with the book, the animation is backed up with a question and answer discussion based lesson plan and activity sheets below.
Year 6 Specific Resource
YEAR 6 WHOLE CLASS PRESENTATION, INDIVIDUAL WORKBOOKS AND GRADUATION CERTIFICATES
Skcin have developed a bespoke, curriculum linked resource for year 6 pupils to make sure they leave primary education with a clear understanding of: • Solar energy, UV light and the benefits and dangers of the sun • About the skin, its structure and how UV light can damage our skin and eyes • How we should protect our skin and eyes from UV exposure and prevent skin cancer. The year 6, 3-step programme includes a comprehensive scripted class presentation, the contents of which has been designed into individual workbooks that tests the child’s reading comprehension and creative skills to reinforce the key messaging they need to take into secondary education and beyond. Once a child has completed their workbook, they are awarded with a graduation certificate of completion which celebrates and rewards them for their commitment and achievement. A wonderful presentation to deliver in an assembly that the younger pupils can aspire to.
These resources can be downloaded below and if required professionally printed, bound copies of the workbooks and certificates of completion can be purchased at £2.50 each. A really worthwhile investment for your year 6 leavers!
Sun Safe Schools Activity Sheets
Take your pick from our range of bespoke activities to have lots of fun in the classroom or outdoors reinforcing key Sun Safe messaging. There are 8 activities to choose from to suit various ages and abilities. Have fun!
Sun Safe Cootie Catcher
Learning objective: To develop / reinforce the children’s knowledge of the Five S’s of Sun Safety through play. With the Safe Schools Cootie Catcher children can work together to test their friend’s and family’s knowledge of Sun Safety. Taken from the ancient Chinese art of Origami (paper folding) and often referred to as a fortune teller, the Cootie Catcher is an old-school favourite for children.
I spy shade! Outdoor investigation
Learning objective: To develop children’s understanding of the sun and shade. That shade can come from both man-made and natural sources and that shade can move throughout the day. A great, outdoor investigation activity where the children can find, observe and document their findings of shade within the school grounds whilst reinforcing that shade can be an effective barrier between the sun and our skin.
A mix and match, question and answer based activity. Learning objective:
To understand that all creatures that live in hot and sunny environments have different natural defences and habits that help protect them from the Sun. To compare and contrast how humans and various animals are naturally protected and/or how their habits can protect them from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Grow and tell! Sunflower growing activity
Learning Objective: To develop children’s understanding of the sun which is vital for life on earth. This fun outdoor activity teaches children how to plant, nurture and grow a healthy sunflower whilst using our activity tips to encourage them to watch for wildlife, observe how sunflower heads track the sun, record it’s growth and even harvest the seeds to make a healthy, delicious snack.
Question & Answer Giant Word-Search
Learning objective: To develop / reinforce the children’s knowledge of the sun, the risks of UV exposure and the Five S’s of Sun Safety. All children love a good word-search This thought provoking activity helps to develop and embed key messaging. The children have 20 questions to answer correctly before finding the words in the giant crossword. To help, a word grid has been provided for each of these tasks.
Slip, slop, slap, snap!!
Learning objective: To reinforce the Five S’s of Sun Safety through play. Working in pairs children will have lots of fun brushing up on their Five S’s of Sun Safety by playing the Sun Safe Schools version of the children’s classic card game Snap! Mixing pictures and words this version is a little trickier, and when you get a pair or a match children must shout out the tongue twister “SLIP, SLOP, SLAP - SNAP!”
Dress to impress!
Learning objective: To develop / reinforce children’s understanding of the importance of wearing appropriate clothing to protect them from the sun’s harmful rays. Can the children dress George and his friend Alice appropriately and show you where their sunscreen should be applied? A creative colouring, cutting and sticking activity to embed key messaging and the Five S’s of Sun Safety.
Spot the difference!
Learning objective: To reinforce the importance of being Sun Safe whether we are at school, at home or on holiday. Children will have fun testing their observation skills by comparing the 2 sets of pictures that show George the Sun Safe Superstar being Sun Safe in the garden, at school, at the park and at the beach. Can the children spot all 20 differences between the two pictures - trickier than it sounds!
Key Stage 2 | Additional Resources
In addition to the whole school resources and activities made available above, take your pick from our range of bespoke work sheets and curriculum linked lesson plans for Key Stage 2 children. The objectives of these resources are to develop children’s understanding of UV and reinforce the importance of enjoying the sun safely using the Five S’s of Sun Safety.
Key Stage 2 Work Sheets
Take your pick from our range of bespoke work sheets for Key Stage 2 children featuring our Sun Safe Schools mascot – George the Sun Safe Superstar! Before children do these worksheets, please make sure they have read the book or watched the animation of ‘George the Sun Safe Superstar’ (available to view and download above) as this will provide them with the required knowledge to build upon and reinforce key messaging.
Key Stage 2 Lesson Plans
Take your pick from our range of bespoke, curriculum linked lesson plans for Key Stage 2 children. From experiments and fact finding to class discussion and outdoor activities – teachers can tailor their own lessons using the plans, activities and tips provided to increase knowledge about the sun, ultraviolet radiation and how we can use the Five S’s of Sun Safety to make sure we enjoy the sun safely.
Key Stage 1 | Additional Resources
In addition the whole school resources and activities made available above, take your pick from our range of bespoke work sheets and curriculum linked lesson plans for Key Stage 1 children. The objectives of these resources are to develop children’s understanding of UV and reinforce the importance of enjoying the sun safely using the Five S’s of Sun Safety.
Key Stage 1 Work Sheets
Take your pick from our range of bespoke work sheets for Key Stage 1 children featuring our Sun Safe Schools mascot – George the Sun Safe Superstar! Before children do these worksheets, please make sure they have read the book or watched the animation of ‘George the Sun Safe Superstar’ (available to view and download above) as this will provide them with the required knowledge to build upon and reinforce.
Key Stage 1 Lesson Plans
Take your pick from our range of bespoke, curriculum linked lesson plans for Key Stage 1 children, designed to provide teachers with whole class activities and ideas to tailor their own lessons using the plans and tips provided. The objective is to develop children’s knowledge about the sun, ultraviolet radiation and how we can use the Five S’s of Sun Safety to make sure we know how and when to enjoy the Sun safely.
Reception and Class 1 Resources
In addition the whole school resources and activities made available above, you can use the resources made available below to help introduce and reinforce sun safety to early learners. The objectives of these resources are to develop children’s understanding of UV and reinforce the importance of enjoying the Sun safely using the Five S’s of Sun Safety.
George The Sun Safe Superstar Activity Sheets
Take your pick from our range of bespoke activity sheets for reception and/or class 1 children featuring our Sun Safe Schools mascot - George the Sun Safe Superstar! Before children do these worksheets, please make sure they have read the book or watched the animation of ‘George the Sun Safe Superstar’ (available to view and download above) as this will provide them with the required knowledge to build upon and reinforce.
The slip, slop, slap song!
Cue the music! For the Sun Safe Schools, Slip, Slop, Slap Song! Help embed the need to Slip, Slop, Slap before playing outdoors in the sun by playing the Slip, Slop, Slap Song as children get ready for outdoor play, apply their sunscreen and put on their sun hats. A catchy, easy to learn song that you will soon hear the children singing independently. A fun way to reinforce key messaging daily with early learners.
Sun Safe Schools competition!
Why not enter our Sun Safe Schools annual wall display competition with your chance to win the following Sun Safe Schools educational resources for your school: A Sun Safe Superstars board game; 2 x George the Sun Safe Superstar books for your school library; 200 x A6 Activity booklets (KS1); 240 x Superstar reward stickers; 40 x Year 6 Sun Safety graduation printed workbooks and certificates.
TO ENTER THE COMPETITION: Send in photographs of your wall display with a written testimonial regarding your experience of taking part in the Sun Safe Schools programme and how you feel the children, teachers and wider school community have benefited from gaining your accreditation. Please include your School name, contact details and a copy of your valid accreditation certificate. Please email your entry to: firstname.lastname@example.org
COMPETITION CLOSES 30TH JUNE. We have 5 winning packs to give away. School’s can enter more than one wall display from various classes. Wall displays will be judged by the Skcin committee and winners notified before the end of the academic year. Please note that all entries will be shared on social media and/or the Sun Safe Schools website.
Sun Safe Schools Shop
From our Year 6 leavers workbooks and certificates, to reward stickers, activity booklets and books for your school library, the following resources are available to purchase to enhance the comprehensive range of free resources provided above.
Year 6 Leavers Workbooks & Certificates
These comprehensive 24 page workbooks complemented by certificates of completion are a really worthwhile purchase for your Year 6 leavers which forms part of the 3-step programme featured above. Curriculum linked and designed to tests the child’s reading comprehension and creative skills whilst reinforcing vital knowledge they need to take into secondary education and beyond.
George The Sun Safe Superstar Book
Why not purchase a copy or two of the original printed book of ‘George the Sun Safe Superstar’ for your school library. Written by Skcin, this beautifully illustrated, rhyming story book tells a wonderful tale of our Sun Safe Schools mascot George, who learns all about the importance of sun safety - how he spreads the message near and far and becomes a ‘Sun Safe Superstar’. A firm favourite with primary school aged children!
Sun Safe Superstar Reward Stickers
Every child loves receiving a sticker to congratulate them on their achievements, so why not reward your pupils for producing great sun safe work or for demonstrating good sun safe practices like putting on their sun hat, applying their sunscreen or playing in the shade. A great way to both incentivise and reward children for being Sun Safe Superstars! Stickers can be purchased in sets of 120 for £6.99 each.
George The Sun Safe Superstar Activity Books
Children can learn all about sun safety with this fun and engaging 16 page activity book. Colouring, word scrambles, word searches, puzzles and spot the difference will keep them entertained whilst learning valuable messaging to help influence behaviours. Just A6 in size, these handy little activity books are great for key stage 1 children as an additional educational resource. Sold in boxes of approximately 400.
Sun Safe Superstars Board Game
Teach children all about sun safety with this fun, interactive, educational board game that takes children on an adventurous sun safe journey. With questions, obstacles and fun forfeits along their journey, who will make it to sun safe super-stardom first and win the game?! Great for children of all ages to play together to reinforce key messaging about the importance of enjoying the sun safely at school and at home.
Sun Safety and Skin Cancer Booklets
A 20 page, A6 ‘pocket sized’ booklet about: The facts and risks associated with UV; how to prevent skin cancer by adopting simple sun safe strategies; how to check your skin for signs of change and how to detect the early signs of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancer. A popular resource to give to parents and staff to raise awareness across the wider school community. Sold in boxes of 320.