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KS2 Vaccinations

Vaccines are used to help prevent infections from causing us harm. If we hadn't discovered vaccines, over half of your students would not have survived long enough for you to teach them! This lesson introduces the history of vaccines through Edward Jenner’s story, and explores how these medicines work and are used.

Last Updated November 17, 2020 Medium English Antibodies, Antigen, Bacteria, Disease, Immune system, Immunise, Vaccination, Vaccine, Virus
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What will you learn?

In this is a student reading comprehension activity. Students are told a story about Edward Jenner and how he discovered vaccines. This story can either be given in individual student handouts or be read to the class by the teacher. ‘Fill in the blanks’ and ‘answer questions’ activities help reinforce the main points of the story. The extension activity encourages students to recreate the story of Edward Jenner and his vaccine discovery through fun role play.

Activities include:

  • "Historic heroes" study of Edward Jenner's discovery of the smallpox vaccine.
  • Script that can be used to act out the discovery of small pox within class.
  • "Fill in the blanks" and "answer questions" worksheets that help reinforce the main points of the story.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand that vaccines help prevent a range of infections, including the flu.
  • Understand that there are not vaccines for all infection.
  • Understand that Edward Jenner discovered vaccines.
  • Understand that vaccines are dead or weakened microbes.

Requirements:

  • A print out of Student worksheet 1 and Student Handout 1 for each student
  • White board (Optional)

Curriculum Links:

  • Science: Working Scientifically, Living things and their habitats, Animals including humans
  • English: Reading & Comprehension
  • RSHE: Health & Prevention
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