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Prevention of infection: the body’s natural defences

Teaching Time: 50min

Target Group: Key Stage 2

Curriculum Links:

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

English: Reading and Comprehension

PSHE: Core Theme 1 - Health and Wellbeing

Learning Objectives:

All students will:

  • understand that the human body has many natural defences to fight infection.
  • understand that sometimes the body needs help to fight infection.

Most students will:

  • understand that our bodies have 3 main lines of natural defences.

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This lesson covers the many natural defences our body has against microbial attack. It does not contain a lesson plan but will provide background information on immunity.

Activities and tools include:

  • A detailed presentation and animations illustrating how the body fights infection daily.
  • Illustrated information sheet for pupils that explains the lines of defence in their immune system.

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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