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KS3 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, Cytoplasm, Disease, DNA, Flagella, Fungi, Harmful, Micro-organism, Microbes, Microscope, Pathogen, RNA, Useful, Virus
  • Overview

What will you learn:

This lesson is designed to introduce students to bacteria, viruses and fungi. In this introductory activity, students become familiar with the various types and shapes of microbes through an interactive learning card game.

Activities include:

  • Interactive learning card game that allows students to become familiar with the various types and shapes of microbes.
  • Research poster activity which reinforces student knowledge of microbial structure or the history of microbiology.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand that there are three main groups of microbes.
  • Understand that they are found everywhere.
  • Understand that useful bacteria are found in our body.
  • Understand that microbes come in different sizes.
  • Understand the key differences between the three main types of microbe.


  • A Print out of Student Handout 1, 2, 3 and 4 per pupil

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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