Lesson 7: Allergies

Children learn that certain foods and other things can cause allergic reactions in some people and what to do if they or their friend suffers an allergic reaction.

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Learning objective

  • To begin to understand allergies

Statutory guidance

  • Health and prevention: the facts and science relating to allergies, immunisation and vaccination

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Help with finding the allergens on the food packaging and using the Allergens in Food Resource 2 which has a list of allergens for them to choose from.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be given more challenging packaging to work with and  Allergens in Food Resource 1.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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