KS2: Respiratory Hygiene
In this lesson plan, students learn how easily harmful microbes can be spread through coughs and sneezes and recreate a giant sneeze, embedding good respiratory hygiene behaviours.
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All students will:
- Understand that infection can spread through coughs and sneezes
- Understand that covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough, or sneeze helps prevent the spread of infection
- Understand that coughing or sneezing in your hand can still spread infection
Respiratory tract infections (RTI) are infections that happen in the lungs, chest, sinuses, nose and throat, for example, coughs and colds, the flu, and pneumonia. RTIs can spread easily from person-to person through the air, through person-to person contact (touching hands, hugging, kissing), or by touching contaminated surfaces.
Coughing and sneezing are ways in which our body tries to get rid of any harmful microbes and particles we might inhale from getting deeper into our respiratory tract. It is important that good respiratory hygiene is taught from a young age, and that key messages are built on over time. This is especially important in the approach to the winter cold/ flu season each year, or when there is an outbreak of an infectious disease.
This lesson plan supports students to understand why respiratory hygiene matters and what good practice looks like. They do this through creating a giant sneeze, and identifying how different barriers can prevent harmful microbes from spreading.
- Snot gun runway
- Super slimy snot
- Respiratory hygiene quiz
- Fill in the blanks
- Health and prevention
- Working scientifically
- Living things and their habitats
- Animals, including humans
- Reading and comprehension
- Spoken language
- Comparing measurements
Supporting MaterialsTeacher sheets
- Last updated August 2022