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KS2 Introduction to Microbes

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

Last Updated: 13 August 2021
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, reinforcing various microbial types and shapes.

Activities include:

  • 'How Big is a Microbe?' animation and presentation
  • Microbe play dough activity
  • Microbe Mania extension activity

Learning Objectives:

  • Will know that bacteria, viruses and fungi are three different types of microbe
  • Will understand that microbes are found everywhere
  • Will know that microbes come in different shapes and sizes


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

Curriculum Links:

  • Science: Working Scientifically, Experimental skills and investigations, Biology, Structure and function of living organisms, Genetics and evolution
  • RSHE: Health & Prevention
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