Microbe Mania

Teaching Time: 50min

Target Group: Key Stage 1

Curriculum Links:

Science: Working scientifically; Living things and their habitats

English: Reading and comprehension

PSHE: Core Theme 1 - Health and Wellbeing

Art and design: Sculpture with colour and patterns

Learning Objectives:

All students:

  • understand that microbes are found everywhere.
  • understand that microbes are too small to be seen with our eyes.
  • know that microbes are all different shapes and sizes.

Some students:

  • know that there are three different types of microbe: bacteria, viruses and fungi.


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

Topic focus is on good and bad microbes, and the types and shapes of these microbes.

Activities include:

  • Microbe play dough activity – including recipe of homemade play dough and fact sheets
  • Meet the microbe colouring sheets

The following video provides background information including a demonstration on the size of microbes.

  • Microbe mania - Complete pack  Microsoft Word icon    Adobe PDF icon
  • Other resources
  • Key Stage 2 pack England  Microsoft Word icon    Adobe PDF icon

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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