Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Safe use of electrical appliances

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher uses questioning and demonstration to explore with her students in a year 6 science lesson the safe use of electrical appliances. She focuses discussion on practical issues relevant to her students such as the use of electrical appliances in areas where contact with water is possible, or appliances that use water in their operation. Following a theoretical explanation, she uses a simple experiment to demonstrate to students whether electricity is conducted through water.

Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.4
Maintain student safety
Career stage
Ensure students’ wellbeing and safety within school by implementing school and/ or system, curriculum and legislative requirements.
  1. How can you encourage the safe use of electrical appliances in your classroom?
  2. What strategies do you use to encourage students to think creatively and explore scientific questions of their own?
  3. How can you incorporate practical activities and experimentation into your classroom?
Coolbinia Primary School
Western Australia
Year level
Year 6
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Coolbinia Primary School is located in the suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. The primary school offers classes from kindergarten to year 7. Within the primary school there are approximately 270 students. In year 6 there are 31 students. The video where students observe an experiment to see whether electricity will flow through water is an extract from a number of lessons focusing on energy conservation and sustainability.

Content provider
Australian Association for Environmental Education Inc. (AAEE)

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