Horrid Hands

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Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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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

Design and technology: Cooking and nutrition

Art and design: drawing and painting to share ideas

Learning Objectives:

All students:

  • understand that infection can be spread through touch.
  • understand that we can pick up microbes through things we touch and spread them to others.
  • understand that we wash hands to remove microbes.

Most students:

  • understand that washing hands is the best way to prevent the spread of microbes.
  • understand that washing with soap and water is better than using water alone.


In this session, students will learn how microbes can spread through touch and that the best way to remove microbes and prevent them from spreading is by washing your hands with soap and water.

Activities include:

  • “Horrid hands” experiment to observe how microbes can spread from person to person by shaking hands
  • Activity that shows which handwashing method is best at removing microbes
  • “Horrid hands” facts sheets and quizzes to use in class
  • Sheets to colour in examples of clean and dirty hands

The following video demonstrates techniques for the activities in this lesson pack.

  • Horrible Hands - 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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