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Spread of infection: hand hygiene

Teaching Time: 50min

Target Group: Key Stage 2

Curriculum Links:

Science: Working scientifically; Living things and their habitats

English: Reading and Comprehension

PSHE: Core Theme 1 - Health and Wellbeing

Design and technology: Cooking and nutrition

Art and design: Painting; recording observations

Learning Objectives:

All students will:

  • understand that infection can be spread through unclean hands.
  • understand that handwashing can prevent the spread of infection.

Most students will:

  • understand when and how to wash hands.

Some students will:

  • understand why we should use soap to wash our hands.

Description:

Hand hygiene has been shown to reduce the incidence of absenteeism in schools as good hand hygiene reduces the spread of microbes and infection.

Activities include:

  • “Horrid hands” experiment to observe how microbes can spread from person to person by shaking hands.
  • Experiment or fair test to determine which handwashing method is best at removing microbes.

The following video demonstrates techniques for the “Horrid Hands” experiment.