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The interactive activities

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Using the resources

These resources are designed to be used on interactive whiteboards and individual PCs in school or at home. The resources can be used for whole-class activities, group, pair or individual work. Key activities for ages 7-11 are based on an interactive game, which acts as a stimulus for discussion about a variety of safety issues around the four themes: Trips, Slips and Falls; Fire and Heat; Sharp Things and Poisons.

There are accompanying fact sheets, work sheets, extension activities and a glossary to build and extend the learning, linking in particular to the PSHE, Health and Wellbeing, PSE, PD&MU curriculum and to literacy and history.

Nationwide Education's Home Safety resources reflect the natural progression in ability as children age. Less able pupils or those with limited knowledge could use the resources for a younger age group, whilst gifted and talented pupils could investigate the activities for older children.

If you are playing on a personal computer, move the mouse to click on the controls.

If you are playing on an interactive whiteboard, either click on the board or use the track pad to reach all areas of the screen.

'Home Safe Home' – Interactive game

'Home Safe Home' is an engaging interactive game designed to help children develop their knowledge of keeping safe at home by playing games and answering questions around four danger themes:

  • Trips, Slips and Falls
  • Fire and Heat
  • Sharp Things
  • Poisons

The game can be played by teams, pairs or individuals. The track pads at the bottom corners of the screen are for use when using interactive whiteboards, to enable children to reach the full screen, however the game is also designed for PC use.

Home safety can help children learn about history too, so besides the present day, World War II, Victorian and Viking home safety are covered.

Two player game:

Aim: To be the first to reach the 'Safe House' at the top of the stairs

Methodology: Both players begin at the bottom of their staircase. The computer chooses, at random, who will start. There are four warning triangle symbols representing four different safety themes:

  • Trips, Slips and Falls – person falling
  • Fire and Heat – flame
  • Sharp Things – saw
  • Poisons – skull and crossbones

The starting player clicks 'Select' and a theme is highlighted. Players must play a game successfully or answer a quiz question correctly, based on that theme, to move up to the next step. If they answer incorrectly, they move down a step (or remain at the bottom). Play passes to the other player.

Play continues until one player reaches his or her 'Safe House' at the top of the stairs.

Sub-games

The four themes are delivered through four different game formats:

Spot the difference game screen

Spot the Difference – Players are shown two illustrations side-by-side with five differences, one of which is a danger related to one of the four danger themes. To move up a step, they must find and click on all five differences (in either picture). Differences are circled in red and the danger of the chosen theme is circled in black. Players are allowed three errors (e.g. clicking on the wrong part of the screen) before the game ends.

Wordsearch game screen

Wordsearch – Players must find the answer to a question in a wordsearch grid. The answers can be found in the list. Players must click on the letters of the word in the correct order in the grid to move up a step. They are allowed three errors (e.g. clicking on the wrong letter) before the game ends.

Picture quiz game screen

Picture Quiz – Players are shown an image and asked to identify the biggest danger to people's safety, from three possible answers. They must click on the correct answer to move up a step.

Quick quiz game screen

Quick Quiz – Players are shown a quiz question with three possible answers. They must click on the correct answer to move up a step.

One player game:

Aim: To reach the 'Safe House' at the top of the stairs safely without any errors

Methodology: The player begins at the bottom of the stairs. The player clicks 'Select' and one of the four danger symbols is highlighted:

  • Trips, Slips and Falls – person falling
  • Fire and Heat – flame
  • Sharp Things – saw
  • Poisons – skull and crossbones

The player must play one of four sub-games (described above) successfully or answer a quiz question correctly to move up to the next step. If not, he or she moves down a step (or remains at the bottom).

Play continues until the player reaches the 'Safe House' at the top of the stairs. He or she is shown a congratulations screen and given a 'score' showing in how many steps s/he was able to reach the top. The more correct answers, the better!

'Practice' option:

Clicking on the 'Practice' button allows players to look at a particular danger theme, using all of the different sub-game formats.

Play the 'Home Safe Home' game.