Parent Zone

This website offers a range of activities and information centred on the subject of electricity, but with an emphasis on safety, something close to the hearts of all parents.

Unfortunately some children are badly injured or even killed as a result of the misuse of electricity or by putting themselves into locations where electricity becomes a danger to them.

Children from 6 years of age through to 15 will be able to use sections of this site, not only in Science but also in History and Citizenship.  It is ideally suited for topic-based learning.

A Day of Discovery is the heart of the website and concentrates on safety issues related to 'everyday' situations concerned with electricity.  Users are presented with animations of various life situations and are asked to recognise dangerous activities into which children may be drawn.  Feedback is provided at each stage.  Parents may like to do these activities with their children.  The section concludes with an 'against the clock' game to challenge children to spot the dangers as quickly as they can.  See if they can do it faster than you.
 
The Understanding Electricity part of the website has several sections which you may like to explore with your children.  You may also like to direct your children to this part for help with questions related to homework.  You can also make learning fun by going through these sections with your children. For example, the History Timeline shows the important inventions and developments that have lead to the way we use electricity today, including some unusual snippets of information.

How electrical objects work shows how three simple everyday appliances operate and can act as a starting point to discover similarities and differences with other appliances. 

How electricity gets to your home has an interactive activity that allows the user to assemble the system by which electricity gets from the power station to the home. 

Circuit Builder is an interactive section in which users can assemble circuits to make light bulbs come on, buzzers sound and motors to turn. There are simple series circuits through to more complex parallel circuits.   Enjoy trying, with your children, to get the circuits to work.

In the Quizzical section there are five quizzes and a Guess the Word challenge - see if your children know more than you!