Activity Introduction

skipping kids girl faces cameraQuick summary: This lesson familiarises students with the physiological function of the heart when it experiences a cardiac event, commonly known as a heart attack. Students will then undertake an investigation of the DRSABCD method for responding to medical emergencies, before undertaking a simulation to prepare them as much as possible for such a difficult situation.

Jump Rope for Heart text logoThe Heart Foundation’s ready-made skipping program, Jump Rope for Heart, helps primary school students move more and have fun, while they raise funds for heart research, patient support and programs that help save lives.

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand the mechanics of a cardiac arrest and the functional impact on the heart
  • Students understand how to approach an emergency scenario using the steps of DRSABCD and the justifications behind this approach.

21st century skills: 

CommunicatingCommunity EngagementCritical ThinkingEmpathyInitiativeProblem FindingProblem SolvingSocial SkillsTeam Work

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Years 5 & 6 Health and Physical Education:

  • Investigate community resources and ways to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS053)
  • Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS054)

Syllabus outcomes: DMS3.2, PSS3.5, PHS3.12, SLS3.13

General capabilities: Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 Health and Physical Education achievement standards:

Students describe their own and others’ contributions to health, physical activity, safety and wellbeing. They access and interpret health information and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills to enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing.

Topic: Health & Wellbeing

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Jump Rope For Heart: Jump Champions – Years 5 & 6

Time required: 55 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate whole class discussion and guide DRSABCD simulation. Support students to work independently.

Resources required:

Keywords: health, heart, cardiac arrest, DRSABCD, ambulance, first responder, danger, airways, triple zero, 000, emergency

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

sweatband heart cartoonTeacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students understand...

  • … the mechanics of a cardiac arrest and the functional impact on the heart
  • … how to approach an emergency scenario using the steps of DRSABCD, and the justifications behind this approach.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... analyse cardiac rhythms to determine the function of a heartbeat
  • … use critical and creative thinking to apply this knowledge to evaluate an abnormal rhythm leading to an emergency cardiac event
  • … explain the steps taken and information to be provided during a Triple Zero emergency call
  • … explain the steps taken to assess and provide assistance during an emergency medical situation
  • … demonstrate the process for dealing with an emergency medical situation using the DRSABCD method.

Teacher content information:

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Jump Rope for Heart is the Heart Foundation’s ready-made fundraising and skipping program that helps primary school students move more

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