Lesson 5: Immunisation

Understanding ways that we help prevent ourselves and others becoming ill and the benefits of immunisation

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand ways that we help prevent ourselves and others becoming ill

Statutory guidance

Health and prevention 

Pupils should know:

  • About personal hygiene and germs including bacteria, viruses, how they are spread and treated, and the importance of handwashing. 
  • The facts and science relating to allergies, immunisation and vaccination.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Can be given the Activity:Vaccine information concise version to work from. 

Pupils working at greater depth: Can be challenged to carry out additional research such as what age children have vaccinations – it is recommended that the ‘NHS website’ is used as this will provide reliable information.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Sarah Huggins,  
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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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