Micro-organisms: an introduction

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

Learning Objectives:

All students:

  • Will know that bacteria, viruses and fungi are three different types of microbe
  • Will understand that microbes are found everywhere

Some students:

  • Will know that microbes come in different shapes and sizes


In this section students are introduced to the wonderful world of microbes through animations and three different activities.

Topics focus on the type and shape of microbes and useful versus harmful microbes.

Activities include:

  • 'How Big is a Microbe?' animation and presentation
  • Microbe play dough activity
  • Microbe Mania extension activity

The extension activity Microbe Mania reinforces the classroom lesson and allows students to decide whether the microbe being discussed is a bacterium, a virus or a fungus.


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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