Year 7 PSHE: “Staying safe from COVID-19”
How we must all play our part in the fight against the pandemic.
Note to Year 7 teachers: These activities are designed to be used (1) as a single stand-alone lesson in which all three segments are used, or (2) short PSHE COVID-19 safety exercises at the end of an online subject lesson.
If your class was given the Vitamin D homework exercise last week, start at 2; or if not move straight to 3.
- In your homework exercise, you looked at Vitamin D. Who can tell us one natural source of Vitamin D? (Get a range of suggestions from pupils.) And what about its benefits? Who wants to say something about how Vitamin D helps us? Then be specific and see if some of them have discovered the role of Vitamin D in the human immune system. Did anyone write something about COVID-19 (or Coronavirus) and Vitamin D? Give particular praise to those who made the connection.
- Show the following video, and introduce Dr John Campbell with something like, “This is a doctor whose job is to train nurses working in the NHS – the UK’s health service. We can regard his advice on this subject as very well-informed.”
For Year 7 we will keep it simple, they really need to just understand the opening remarks in the video benefits of Vitamin D for the immune system: low levels of Vitamin D = reduced ability of the body to fight Coronavirus and other infections that attack our body.
This could be written at the end of the homework task (for those who did it.) This is only a three minute segment for Year 7: just to the point where he says, “I’ve now told you all you need to know and you can skip the rest of the video”! The points he makes about taking Vitamin D supplements should be briefly discussed but not (emphasis NOT!) be seen as PSHE recommending supplements, as the role of PSHE is to promote discussion which will hopefully lead to informed choices, not to give prescriptions.
2. The Lock Down Diary
This popular resource during the COVID-19 lock down is linked on the main KS3 page here where there are instructions how to use it. This can be a homework exercise too. Download it from www.mylockdowndiary.com
3. Road safety in the current COVID-19 emergency
Aligned with general teaching for KS3 PSHE on road safety in the UK, this module focuses on drivers during COVID-19 lock down, which is not a topic that you would think about, were it not flagged up as an issue.
In the current climate, the use of our roads has changed significantly. We have seen an increase of risky behaviour such as speeding and lack of protective equipment by new cyclists. The workbook encourages students to consider the impact of this on the community and of course our nurses and doctors who – in all countries – we are trying to support and protect.