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KS3 Antibiotic Resistance

Illnesses due to antibiotic resistant microbes are a worrying problem in our hospitals and communities. This section explores in more detail how we are trying to improve appropriate use of antibiotics for treating infections and reduce rising levels of antibiotic resistance.

  • Overview

What will you learn:

Students will gain an understanding of what antibiotics are and what they can be used for. Students will also learn the mechanisms for how bacteria can travel from person to person, what students can do to prevent the spread of infection and how bacteria can develop resistance.

Activities include:

  • Simple card game that demonstrates how resistant bacteria spread compared to normal bacteria.
  • Statement sorting task where students work together to match the correct statements related to antibiotics and resistance in groups and then discuss the correct responses.
  • Action cards that formulate discussions around the use of antibiotics in different situations.
  • Anagram worksheets that highlight bacterial infections that are becoming resistant to antibiotics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand that antibiotics only work on bacterial infections.
  • Understand most viral infections will get better by themselves through time, bed rest, liquid intake and healthy living.
  • Know that if you have antibiotics, finish the course.
  • Know not use other peoples or leftover antibiotics.
  • Understand the need to prevent the spread of infection through good hygiene.
  • Understand that overuse of antibiotics can damage our normal/useful bacteria.
  • Know that bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics due to misuse and overuse.


  • Print out of Student handout 1 per pupil
  • Scissors
  • Pritt stick/Sellotape
  • Print out of Student handout 2, 3, 4, and 5 per group

Curriculum Links:

  • Science: Working Scientifically, Experimental skills and investigations, Analysis and evaluation
  • RSHE: Health & Prevention
  • GCSE: Health and Social Care, Factors affecting health and wellbeing, health promotion
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