Antibiotic Use and Medicine

Teaching Time: 50min

Target Group: Key Stage 3

Curriculum Links:

Science: Working scientifically; Scientific attitudes, Experimental skills and investigations, Analysis and evaluation

PSHE: Core Theme 1 - Health and wellbeing; Core Theme 3 - Living in the wider world

GCSE Health and Social Care: Factors affecting health and wellbeing, measuring health, health promotion

Learning Objectives:

All students will:

  • understand that most common infections will get better by themselves through time, bed rest, liquid intake and healthy living.
  • understand that if you have antibiotics, finish the course.
  • understand that you must not use other peoples or leftover antibiotics.

Most students will:

  • understand that bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics due to overuse.

Some students will:

  • understand that overuse of antibiotics can damage our normal/useful bacteria.
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Illnesses due to antibiotic resistant microbes are a worrying problem in our hospitals and communities. This section explores the use of antibiotics and medicine in treating various illnesses and infectious disease.

Activities include:

  • Practical activity where acids and bases in agar plates are used to represent bacteria and antibiotics and students test a range of antibiotics (acid solutions) on bacteria (indicator in agar base) cultured from patient samples and determine which illness the patients have from a list provided.
  • Discussion activity encourages students to research relevant ‘hot topics’ related to antibiotic use today.

The video below presents a demonstration of the practical activity using agar plates mentioned above.






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