1. Social media. All KS3 lessons this week are flagging up screen time during the lock down as an issue. With Year 8 you can use a very good resource provided for PSHE by Public Health England.
a). Go to https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/resources/social-media-KS3-KS4-lesson-plan-pack and download the lesson plan on PDF and the Powerpoint to use in the lesson.
b). There is a video embedded in the Powerpoint. Depending on how much time you want to give to this, the material will work just as well without the video.
c). The PSHE material here is not related to COVID-19, but the discussion of social media could be related to the issue of healthy screen time. If students are spending many more hours a day on screen, with online lessons and homework tasks, is it better to try and cut down on social media? Use a phone to chat with friends on voice calls instead?
2. The second part of KS3 PSHE this week addresses COVID-19 directly, for the first time in these resources since the Easter holidays. If you do not have a particularly strong Year 8 class, have a look at the Children’s Guide to Coronavirus on the Year 7 page. Otherwise, the following should work well with Year 8.
a). MY COVID-19 2020 TIME CAPSULE: Use the template from this PDF to be downloaded here (credit to Maria Fidelis School, in Camden, UK.) The time capsule approach is a very good one, as it uses a diary format. The pupils should be encouraged to explain key words, such as “pandemic”, “virus”, “immunity” etc. to give themselves an opportunity to explore some basic information about the health crisis.
b). Key learning to draw out through discussion: where to find factual information about COVID-19 to include in their booklet:
• The situation regarding coronavirus is changing rapidly and it can feel difficult to keep
up with the latest developments. Factual information about coronavirus is usually
corroborated or confirmed by a number of credible sources rather than just one. Sources
of factual information on coronavirus that you may wish to in share with pupils include the World Health Organisation; Public Health England and the NHS.
• The basic facts about what viruses are and how coronavirus is spread may need to be
explained to younger pupils. Reassure younger pupils that most cases of coronavirus are
• You could also share age-appropriate, reliable news sources such as Newsround