PSHE KS3: Bone fractures

In this short film Dr Emeka explains to how to manage a broken or suspected broken bone.

With the help of animation, he begins by establishing whether the bone has been broken, before going through the steps of securing and supporting the injury.

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

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used to explain what a broken bone is, how to use an ice pack (or substitute) to relieve pain, and why it is important to keep the casualty still and supported until help arrives (preventing any further damage).

Students could explore the complications that might occur if a closed fracture causes internal bleeding, and what internal bleeding is.

Students could also think through what other signs and symptoms of a fractured bone could be, using some of their senses - what it might sound like, what it might feel like, what it might look like.

Students could learn about how bones develop and change as we grow older and how this affects how they might break.


Students could practise tying a sling.

While learning about how to support limbs that could be broken, in groups, pupils could be given a limited number of materials and be challenged to build a support structure to hold a certain weight or object.

In pairs, students could discuss the possible causes of fractures and then share their ideas with the class.

Other subject areas

  • In science students could study the human skeleton and learn about the composition and purpose of our bones.

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 3.

While not on the curriculum specifically, it could also be used in Wales and Northern Ireland at Key Stage 3 and in Scotland at 3rd and 4th 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
How to administer CPR
How to administer CPR during the Covid-19 pandemic
Bites and stings