Our immune system generally fights any harmful microbes that may enter our bodies. Another means of helping our immune system is through vaccinations. Vaccines are used to prevent rather than treat infection.

A vaccine is usually made from weak or inactive versions of the same microbes that make us ill. In some cases, the vaccines are made from organisms which are similar to, but not exactly, the microbes that make us ill.

In this lesson plan, students read the story of how Edward Jenner discovered vaccination and act out a role play of the discovery. They are also introduced to the concept of how vaccinations work and the difference they have made in our lives today.

Learning Outcomes:

  • All students will:
  • Understand that vaccines help prevent a range of infections
  • Most students will:
  • Understand that there are not vaccines for all infections

Activities Include:

  • Main Activity:
  • Historic Heroes
  • Extension Activities:
  • Role Play
  • Vaccinations Quiz

Curriculum Links:

  • Science:
    • Working scientifically
    • Living things and their habitats
    • Health and prevention
  • English:
    • Reading and comprehension
    • Spoken language