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Spread of infection: farm hygiene

Teaching Time: 50min

Target Group: Key Stage 2

Science: Working scientifically; Living things and their habitats

English: Reading and Comprehension

PSHE: Core Theme 1 - Health and Wellbeing

Geography: Human and physical geography

Learning Objectives:

All students will:

  • understand that useful microbes on the farm help the farmer with food production.
  • understand that harmful microbes can be found on the farm and that these microbes can spread to humans.
  • understand that by washing our hands and following some basic rules we can reduce the chance of picking up an infection on the farm.

Some students will:

  • understand where specific harmful microbes can be found on the farm.
  • understand where specific useful microbes can be found on the farm and how they are used in food production.
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This session will make students aware that farm animals sometimes carry microbes that can be harmful to humans. Some examples of these harmful microbes are E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter.

Activities include:

  • “E-bug social networking” activity will give students the opportunity to discuss the “profiles” of various microbes and where they might be found in the food chain.
  • “Fun on the farm” board game, where players compete to remain healthy throughout a visit to a farm.
  • Click here to play the Fun on the Farm game.

DISCLAIMER: e-Bug was developed for use in schools pre-COVID-19 and so some activities may require modification based on your school’s distancing guidelines.

Please use your judgement and tell us how you have modified the activities, or if you would like to discuss some ideas, contact e-Bug@phe.gov.uk

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