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Treatment of infection: antibiotic use and medicine

Teaching Time: 50min

Target Group: Key Stage 2

Curriculum Links:

Science: Animals, including humans (upper KS2 only); Working scientifically

English: Reading and Comprehension

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

Learning Objectives:

All students will:

  • understand that most common infections get better on their own through time, bed rest, liquid intake and healthy living.
  • understand that if antibiotics are taken, it is important to finish the course.

Most students will:

  • understand that antibiotics treat bacterial infections only.

Some students will:

  • understand that they should not share antibiotics or other medicines that are prescribed by a doctor.
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When, Why and How to use antibiotics can be confusing for many people. The treatment of infection section explores the use of antibiotics and medicine in treating various illnesses and diseases.

Activities include:

  • Comic strip scenarios that expose students to a range of choices two children make related to the spread of illness and antibiotic use.
  • Discussion point tool at teacher can use to lead a class discussion around each scenario, helping students decide whether they agree or disagree with the statements being made.
  • “Word mix up!” game sheet that can be used to match medical terms to a definition.

DISCLAIMER: e-Bug was developed for use in schools pre-COVID-19 and so some activities may require modification based on your school’s distancing guidelines.

Please use your judgement and tell us how you have modified the activities, or if you would like to discuss some ideas, contact e-Bug@phe.gov.uk

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