Treatment of infection: antibiotic resistance

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 antibiotics only work on bacterial infections.
  • understand most viral infections will get better by themselves through time, bed rest, liquid intake and healthy living.
  • know that if you have antibiotics, finish the course.
  • know not use other peoples or leftover antibiotics.
  • understand the need to prevent the spread of infection through good hygiene.

Most students will:

  • understand that overuse of antibiotics can damage our normal/useful bacteria.
  • know that bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics due to misuse and overuse.
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Illnesses due to antibiotic resistant microbes are a worrying problem in our hospitals and communities. This section explores in more detail how we are trying to improve appropriate use of antibiotics for treating infections and reduce rising levels of antibiotic resistance.

Activities and tools include:

  • Simple card game that demonstrates how resistant bacteria spread compared to normal bacteria.
  • Statement sorting task where students work together to match the correct statements related to antibiotics and resistance in groups and then discuss the correct responses.
  • Action cards that formulate discussions around the use of antibiotics in different situations.
  • Anagram worksheets that highlight bacterial infections that are becoming resistant to antibiotics.





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