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KS1 Microbe Mania

In this section students are introduced to the wonderful world of microbes through animations and three different activities. Topic focuses on the good and bad microbes, and the types and shapes of these and provides an excellent starting point for all additional e-Bug resources.

Last Updated: 5 October 2020 Medium English Bacteria, Cell, Cocci, Disease, Fungi, Harmful, Micro-organism, Microbes, Microscope, Pathogen, Probiotic, Rod, Spiral, Useful, Virus
  • Overview

What will you learn:

This lesson is designed to introduce students to bacteria, viruses and fungi. The introductory activity allows students to combine their observational and creative skills to make a microbe of their own choice, exploring various microbial types and shapes.

Activities include:

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

Learning Objectives:

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


  • Play dough in a variety of colours (For homemade recipe please see Teacher sheet 4)

Curriculum Links:

  • Science: Working Scientifically, Living things and their habitats
  • English: Reading & Comprehension
  • RSHE: Health & Prevention
  • Art & Design: Sculpture, Recording observations
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