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Spread of infection: food hygiene

Teaching Time: 50min

Target Group: Key Stage 2

Curriculum Links:

Science: Working scientifically; Living things and their habitats

English: Reading and Comprehension

PSHE: Core Theme 1 - Health and Wellbeing

Design and technology: Cooking and nutrition

Learning Objectives:

All students will:

  • understand that microbes can be found on our food and can transfer to humans.
  • understand that cooking food properly can kill harmful microbes.
  • understand that bacteria multiply very quickly.

Some students will:

  • understand that refrigeration only stops microbes growing, it doesn’t kill them.

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This Food Hygiene lesson demonstrates how dangerous microbes can infect humans through raw and undercooked foods.

Activities include:

  • Students prepare a pretend chicken sandwich that allows them to see how far they have spread dangerous microbes.
  • Worksheets facilitate a discussion on “do’s and don’ts” for kitchen cleanliness and management.
  • The Fridge Game can be used as a classroom game/demonstration to show where food should be stored in the fridge to prevent cross contamination.

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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