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External resources

In this section, you will find a wide range of additional resources to support vaccine education and awareness, including lesson plans and interactive activities for all ages.

BSI Community

BSI member Dayana Hristova has set-up up a fun and informative science education YouTube channel Rhymes & Scribbles. Watch 'Our Guardian Immunity' for a fun and easy to understand explanation of immunity.

Association for Science Education

  • Lesson plan: Dr Edwina Jenner (9-11 years) - A discussion-based activity comparing the ethics and scientific processes of Dr. Edward Jenner's work with those of modern clinical trials.
  • Lesson plan: Picturing Dr. Jenner (9-11 years) - An activity exploring some of the most famous paintings depicting Dr. Edward Jenner's revolutionary experiment on James Phipps.
  • Lesson plan: Why You’ll Never Catch Smallpox (9-11 years) - How did Dr. Edward Jenner's discovery has change the world? And why does it still play a crucial role in our own health today.

ABPI Schools from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

An extensive collection of free, curriculum related, interactive resources containing animations and diagrams which can be downloaded. All resources link science topics covered in school to the world outside and, particularly, to the treatment of disease. We have selected some relevant topics:

Centre of the Cell

A collection of activities targeting KS3, KS4, KS5 students that introduce the concept of vaccination and why it only protects the population if most people are vaccinated. Also covers how vaccination was tested and discusses the role of informed consent in Clinical Research. Pupils learn about the process of developing a new vaccine. 

Primary Science Teaching Trust

  • Lesson plan: Let's Talk Vaccines and Vaccinations - Develop understanding of immunity, vaccines and the importance of vaccination. Also provides information about Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

Royal College of Pathologists

  • Give it a shot is a collection of interactive activities suitable for all audiences groups to open up conversations related to vaccines and related topics including herd immunity and infectious diseases.
  • Hands-on activity: Blossom the Cow (11-18 years) - This activity uses a simple acid-alkali reaction with indicators to demonstrate how vaccinations work and simulates how Dr Edward Jenner used cowpox pus from the hand of a milkmaid to inoculate an eight-year old boy, James Phipps, in the first vaccination against smallpox.
  • Hands-on activity: Vaccines & Antibiotics (11-18 years) - The vaccination activity uses a simple acid-alkali reaction with indicators to simulate vaccination.