PSHE KS2: Choking

In this short film Dr Emeka gives an introduction for pupils on how to help someone who is choking.

He explains the basic procedures while the animated sequences helps demonstrate the correct techniques.

This short film is from the BBC Teach series 'Dr Emeka’s Essential First Aid'.

Teacher Notes

This could be used for further discussion around managing a choking baby, as opposed to an adult or child. Additionally, the understanding of what to do if the choking individual becomes unresponsive (CPR and calling the emergency services).


Students could be asked to make a poster of the five headlines of how to assist someone who is choking and summarise below each one (cough it out, slap it out, squeeze it out, call 999, repeat.)

It is vital that children understand that performing these manoeuvres when there isn’t a real emergency can be dangerous. Students could point to where on their back and front, these manoeuvres would take place in a state of emergency, without performing any actions.

Students could name things that could be a choking hazard for babies, children of their age and adults. They could learn how to help a baby who might be choking and the difference between helping infants and adults and children.

Students could explore different ways to communicate or get someone’s attention, or let them know you are in danger, without using your voice: When someone might be choking they aren’t able to communicate verbally.

Other subject areas

  • This short film could be used in science when looking at the digestive or circulatory system.
  • It could also be used to help children understand non-verbal communication.
  • The subject of choking also leads into other areas of PSHE First Aid: CPR, Calling Emergency Services.

Curriculum Notes

This short film touches on elements of PSHE first aid as introduced to the curriculum in England from September 2020 for Key Stage 2.

While not on the curriculum specifically, it could also be used in Wales and Northern Ireland at Key Stage 2 and in Scotland at 1st and 2nd level.

More from Dr Emeka’s Essential First Aid:

How to make a call to emergency services
Burns and scalds
Bleeding and shock
Head injuries
Bone fractures
How to administer CPR
How to administer CPR during the Covid-19 pandemic
Bites and stings