So, to start, I have been approached by my sons teacher to come into her classroom and teach her pupils some basics of survival. The problem falls with what is safe to teach to a class of British youngsters? Firearms are nearly all but banned (only select few rifles/shotguns can be owned by special permit only by someone with a "good" reason). So Firearm safety is out. Knives are heavily restricted, cannot be carried in public places or villages/cities (must have a "good" reason to carry one, can't be a fixed blade unless it is less than 3" blade/6" total, folding knives are ok as long as they do not lock or have serrations) and most British people freak out if ever the need arise for me to use one of the knives I carry, and I mean FREAK OUT. So anything survival to do with knives/cutting/chopping is out. (also they have a general weapons ban here, which pretty much means any item that could be, has ever been anywhere, or might be able to be used to harm someone is illegal to have, on you or in your car, unless you can prove a good reason. i.e. hatchets, axes, saws, even baseball bats.)
Which leaves me with LandNav, Hydration, simple shelter building, Fire, First Aid, Self Defense and Food. But these are 9 yr olds, now my kids know how to build a fire (several diff ways, taught over the years/daily in winter), how to build a shelter, (but how practical is that in a one time class?), Basic LandNav (but that has been taught to them over several years and just the very basics/constellations/how to find the north star), water purification (but again just the basics taught over several trips into the wild), some very basic First Aid (as much as a 9yr old can do), basic Self Defense, but not so much with food since its illegal to snare animals here and everything req's a license focused more on what not to eat.
My concern is I could see teaching how to start a fire a liability issue, Self Defense again liability issues. Snaring small animals/edible plants liability issues. First aid should be safe. Shelter building should be safe as well but all we could do is talk about it, nothing practical. How to filter/sanitize water should be gtg.
I guess I'm looking for suggestions or if anyone else has ever taught young kids in a classroom setting. The teacher didn't give me any input on what she would like me to teach so I have no direction. She just wanted something that would "interesting". I almost thought about just bringing in my EDC msn bag (stripped down to legal items) and just talk them through what I carry, why I carry it and tell them some "PG" stories from past ops/scenarios I've encountered. (esp since everyone loves Bear Grylls *sp?)
I can teach grown men, but kids that aren't mine....... never had to, feel silly asking but i could use some help.