Respiratory infections are infections that happen in the lungs, chest, sinuses, nose and throat, for example, coughs and colds, the flu and pneumonia. These infections can spread from person-to-person through the air, through person-to-person contact (touching hands, hugging, kissing) or by touching contaminated surfaces.

Teaching good respiratory hygiene from a young age, such as covering your coughs and sneezes or regularly washing your hands for 20 seconds, can help prevent the spread of these infections.

This lesson plan supports you to educate students on what good respiratory hygiene looks like and how to practice it.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Children will understand:
  • That sneezing into a tissue, or into a sleeve is the best way to stop the spread of cold and flu germs
  • That there can be harmful germs in sneezes that can spread over hands
  • The sequencing of hand washing and nose blowing

Activities Include:

  • Main Activity:
  • Paint Sneezes
  • Extension Activities:
  • Hand Washing and Nose Blowing Flashcards
  • Nose Blowing Writing Activity

Early Years Framework:

  • Communication and language development:
    • Listening and attention
    • Understanding
    • Speaking
  • Physical development:
    • Health and self-care
  • Expressive arts and design:
    • Exploring and using media and materials