The Integration of Safety in Primary Education using Storytelling (stories)

In the current world are diverse examples where safety is under discussion. Think about the AZ stadium that partly collapsed due to a construction error in 2019 [1]. Or the stint accident in 2018. The brakes failed which was causing the death of four children [2]. In these situations is the focus on the safety of the system itself. Important to realize is that not only the system plays a role in safety. 

The safety Cube Method integrates different aspects into system architecture and provides more insight into the different dimensions of safety. Safe integration starts with the combination of the three principal domains, which are the social, technical, environmental, and their interactions [4].

Since our brain is an association machine and pattern seeker, in which we relate new information to existing knowledge or skills [5]. It is important to learn our children about the different dimensions of safety so that they can build on the strong neural pathways in their brains when they are older. In combination with the fact that the Dutch government has determined that the primary school needs to provide lessons on science and technology [4] due to the shortage of technicians, the different dimensions of safety should be an integral part of the education curriculum for primary schools.

It is investigated what the best way of implementing storytelling is to reach a fun learning experience. The knowledge from the research is used to write six stories. Each story represents a domain of the safety cube method. The stories are written in Dutch and can be found below.

The story: Formule 1 (System) can be found here:

The story: TikTok (Human) can be found here:

The story: De Familie Eend (Environment) can be found here:

The story: Spaceshuttle 8 (System-Environment) can be found here:

The story: The HologramPhone (Human-System) can be found here:

The story: Droom (Human-Environment) can be found here:


1. Onderzoeksraad over az-stadion: ‘regelmatige constructieve

 controle moeten verplicht worden gesteld’, 11 2020.

 2. vier kinderen omgekomen bij bakfietsongeluk op het spoor

 in oss 2018, 9 2018.

 3. Mohammad Rajabali Nejad, SAFETY BY DESIGN Engi-

 neering Products and Systems,, 1 edition,


 4. Welke vakken krijgt mijn kind op de basisschool?, –

 5. Gerjanne Dirksen, Monique de Boer, Hulda Moller, and ¨ Jacquelien Willemse, Breindidactiek, Uitgeverij Synaps, 5 edition, (2021).