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KS2 Farm Hygiene

Essential learning before any trip to the farm! Students will learn that farm animals sometimes carry microbes that can be harmful to humans, with examples such as E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter. This lesson perfectly complements the Health and Prevention element of the new RSHE curriculum for KS2.

  • Overview

What will you learn:

The Farm Hygiene lesson teaches students that the farm environment is home to both useful and harmful microbes. Students learn through group discussion, ?social networking?, and a farm journey board game, the risks and benefits of various farm microbes.

Activities include:

  • "e-Bug social networking" activity will give students the opportunity to discuss the "profiles" of various microbes and where they might be found in the food chain.
  • "Fun on the farm" board game, where players compete to remain healthy throughout a visit to a farm.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand that useful microbes on the farm help the farmer with food production.
  • Understand that harmful microbes can be found on the farm and that these microbes can spread to humans.
  • Understand that by washing our hands and following some basic rules we can reduce the chance of picking up an infection on the farm.
  • Understand where specific harmful microbes can be found on the farm.
  • Understand where specific useful microbes can be found on the farm and how they are used in food production.


  • A print out of Student worksheet 1, 2 and 8 per pupil
  • Farm Journey Game board print out
  • Farm Journey Game Counters
  • Dice
  • Farm Journey Game cards

Curriculum Links:

  • Science: Working Scientifically, Living things and their habitats
  • English: Reading & Comprehension
  • RSHE: Health & Prevention
  • Geography: Human & Physical geography
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