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Spread of infection: respiratory 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

Mathematics: Comparing measurements

Learning Objectives:

All students will:

  • learn that infection can spread through coughs and sneezes.
  • understand that covering the mouth when sneezing or coughing can prevent the spread of infection.

Most students will:

  • understand that coughing and sneezing in your hand can still spread infection.

Description:

In this section students observe on a large and fun scale how far germs are carried when they sneeze, and that covering your mouth with a tissue can prevent the spread of infection.

Activities include:

  • “Super sneeze” experiment where students observe how far germs in a sneeze can spread and how to stop the germs from a sneeze spreading.
  • Observation sheets that allow for the development of action plans based on the findings.

The following video demonstrates techniques for conducting the “Super sneeze” experiment.

Resources
  • Respiratory hygiene - Complete pack (England)  Microsoft Word icon    Adobe PDF icon
  • Respiratory hygiene - Complete pack (Scotland)  Microsoft Word icon    Adobe PDF icon