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Spread of infection: respiratory hygiene

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Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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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

Mathematics: Comparing measurements

Learning Objectives:

All students will:

  • learn that infection can spread through coughs and sneezes.
  • understand that covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze helps prevent the spread of infection.

Most students will:

  • understand that coughing and sneezing in your hand can still spread infection.

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In this section students observe on a large and fun scale how far germs are carried when they sneeze, and that covering your mouth with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hand) can prevent the spread of infection.

Activities include:

  • “Super sneeze” experiment where students observe how far germs in a sneeze can spread and how to stop the germs from a sneeze spreading.
  • Observation sheets that allow for the development of action plans based on the findings.

The following video demonstrates techniques for conducting the “Super sneeze” experiment.


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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