27 April – Year 8

Year 8 PSHE: “Staying safe from COVID-19”

How we must all play our part in the fight against the pandemic.

Note to Year 8 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.

  1. If your class was given the Vitamin D homework exercise last week, start at 2; or if not move straight to 3.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. How to support those in self-isolation

One of the big challenges, for at least the next few months, will be helping those who remain in self-isolation. We will all need to play a part in supporting those who cannot risk going out to do all the normal things we take for granted. This exercise is a way of helping students understand the longer term effects of the COVID-19 emergency on everyday life.

This idea is taken from a woman in Cornwall who created a printable postcard to help those who are self-isolating or reducing social contact due to COVID-19. The template above can be used as a starting point for discussion among students. What sorts of help will older family members need? Grandparents, uncles and aunts, etc. Who will help them? Will this be something we expect the government and charities / social organisations to do, or do we think that it is the responsibility of all of us, and o own families need to get organised properly to help.

A discussion in PSHE online could be a start, then followed up with maybe a modest homework task to canvass family members’ views and write it up.

One thought on “27 April – Year 8


    All resources are provided freely and unconditionally. That is the deal! But it would be a great help to know who is using the resources: it 1). helps my targeting of future material and 2). gives me an idea whether this is being used more in the UK or more in Spain.

    If you could write the briefest note about things you have found useful or useless that would help me. Thanks.


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