Lesson Bundle : Health & Wellbeing - KS2

Overview

Lessons to help KS2 children consider what is important for good mental and physical health and the role of good health in supporting their general wellbeing. How do charities and governments support healthcare? Why is this important? Lessons include: Understanding Cancer, Healthcare: Improving Life Chances, Puberty: Don't Make Your Best Friend have to tell you!, The Gift of Sight, Rio Meets Callum, Microorganisms

Understanding Cancer

Many children in classrooms all around the country are dealing with cancer in one way or another at any given time. This lesson seeks to answer some of their questions and demonstrate how they might support friends and family members affected by the disease. 

Cross-curricular links: Science, literacy

Learning Activities:

  • Who can help?
  • Making a gift
  • Designing a well-being room

 

Healthcare: Improving Life Chances

This lesson explores how life expectancy is increased with better medical care and how charities are working to improve healthcare in developing countries. Includes video interview with UK-Nigerian singer, actress and artist, Patti Boulaye, who set up a charity to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and Malaria in African countries. Links: medicines, HEALTHY EATING WEEK, MENTAL HEALTH 

Cross curricular links: Numeracy

Learning Activities

  • Interpreting data about life expectancy in different countries
  • Making decisions about heath care priorities in Zambia
  • Discussion: National Health Service doctor shortage 

 

Hygiene During Puberty

 

This lesson explores how bodies change at puberty, focusing on changes to skin, hair and hormones that cause body odour, meaning that good personal hygiene is more important during, and following, adolescence. 

Cross-curricular links: science

Learning Activities:

  • Role play scenarios to practice talking sensitively to a friend about something related to their personal appearance or body odour

 

 

The Gift of Sight

This lesson explains how the eye works. It explores the importance of sight, eye safety and how sight can be restored to some blind people in developing countries for very little cost. Suitable for Year 4 upwards. Links: medicines

Cross-curricular links: science

Learning Activities:

  • group discussion on disability discrimination
  • A blind walk
  • Testing the reliability of smell
  • ‘find your blind spot’ activity
  • making a cartoon flip book


Linked assembly: 
This includes optical illusions and discussion about how our amazing brain interprets what the eye sees. The story of David Blunkett introduces discussion and reflection on the determination of people who have adapted to their particular disability.

 

"A wealth of information relating to the eye, sight & blindness, overlapping many curriculum areas."

"Great as an into for light and shadows in Y6...thanks!
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Rio Meets Callum

This lesson is suitable for KS1 and KS2. The story introduces a new Go-Givers character, Rio, a spirited, partially sighted monkey. He is on his way to collect a large print book from the post office when he bumps into Callum. The PowerPoint includes a full narration. The lesson plans have been especially developed by the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People). Links: respect, community

Cross-curricular links: Literacy

Learning Activities:

  • A quiz
  • Work on definitions
  • How environments can be adapted for the blind and partially sighted
  • Link to a film that introduces children to the reading difficulties faced by people with little or no vision.

 

Microorganisms

This lesson looks at microorganisms and explores how some can be helpful, while others are harmful. It also teaches children about the importance of good hygiene. Links: medicines, puberty

Cross-curricular links: science

Learning Activities:

  • Experiment to grow bacteria
  • Making soap
  • Demonstrating how germs spread
  • Experiment to show effect of handwashing
  • Experiment to show why some food is kept in the fridge
  • Finding out about Edward Jenner and Alexander Flemming