Think! Education

Activity 2: Crash scene investigation


20 minutes to introduce the game and 30–40 minutes for children to work on the activity in groups


  • Computers with internet access for the interactive Flash game
  • Pens and paper

In this online activity children take on the role of a police officer investigating a minor road crash involving a pedestrian and a cyclist. The player is presented with a scenario showing the crash just after it has happened, and is then asked to think about what happened. There are various clues in the scene itself and children may gain further information by rolling over objects and clicking witnesses on screen to see speech bubbles. There are also questions which can be asked (players choose 3 from 10) and the answers are then shown.

Hint: On the first screen, the clues, left to right, are: the pedestrian, the taxi, the basket, the passenger, the bike, the watch, the cyclist, the mobile phone, the dog, the parcel, the clock, the pedestrian, the post office.

The player then writes down his/her explanation of the crash’s cause in a writing frame before comparing the final police statement showing what actually happened.

This will be an excellent activity for promoting discussion and getting pupils to think about how and why collisions happen. It involves both a pedestrian and cyclist and so covers a wide range of road safety learning.

One approach to using this game is to introduce the scenario to the whole class and discuss together what might have happened. Pupils can then write down their own police reports before the actual cause is revealed. Alternatively, pupils can work on the activity in groups of two or three at computers. The activity ends by reinforcing the importance of cycle training.

A follow up activities which links strongly with Literacy is for children to write an account of the crash from various perspectives:

  • An eyewitness account
  • A diary entry for either the cyclist or the pedestrian
  • A newspaper report