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KS2 Respiratory Hygiene

This section focuses on the spread of infection, teaching students how coughs and sneezes can spread microbes over large areas, and how this can result in the spread of infection. This lesson perfectly complements the Health and Prevention element of the new RSHE curriculum for KS2.

  • Overview

What will you learn:

In this section students observe on a large scale how far germs are carried when they sneeze, and learn that covering your mouth with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hand) can prevent the spread of infection.

Activities include:

  • "Super sneeze" experiment where students observe how far germs in a sneeze can spread and how to stop the germs from a sneeze spreading.
  • Observation sheets that allow for the development of action plans based on the findings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn 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 and sneezing in your hand can still spread infection.


  • Two tables to create a 'runway'
  • Three pump action spray bottles
  • Measuring tape
  • Glove
  • Tissue

Curriculum Links:

  • Science: Working Scientifically, Living things and their habitats
  • English: Reading & Comprehension
  • RSHE: Health & Prevention
  • Mathematics: Comparing measurements
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