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Why You'll Never Catch Smallpox (Homepage)

Transport your pupils back to a time when smallpox stalked the world and introduce them to Dr Jenner, James Phipps, and the experiment that has probably saved their lives.


Through this innovative set of resources, pupils aged 9 to 11 learn about Dr Edward Jenner's pioneering work with smallpox vaccination and the impact of vaccinations today. Immediately engage children with the short drama film JAMES then pick from four core resources and five enrichment resources designed to develop their skills in 'working scientifically', mathematics, English, history, drama and ethics.

The resources use an immersive, cross-curricular approach to learning. Throughout the activities, children take on roles as science advisors, data analysts, journalists, historians, script writers, politicians and Dr Jenner himself. Each resource is fully linked to Learning Outcomes drawn from the relevant National Curriculum (England) documents.

Transport your pupils back to a time when smallpox stalked the world and introduce them to Dr Jenner, James, and the experiment that has probably saved their lives. Immediately engage children with the 15-minute drama film JAMES.

 
  

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Jenner innoculating James Phipps with cowpox

There are four core activities and five enrichment activities for children aged from 9 to11. The activities are designed to develop pupils' skills in 'working scientifically', maths, English history and ethics. They are fully linked to Learning Outcomes drawn from the relevant National Curriculum documents.

You can download a PowerPoint presentation to show you pathways through the activities by following the download link below:

 
 

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Each individual activity and the resources needed to support it may be downloaded directly from the activity pages listed below. All activities will be available during Spring Term 2016:


The Speckled Monster (Core activity: Science, maths and English):
Children take part in a simulation of a smallpox outbreak .

History Detective: What really happened? (Core activity: History, English and science):
Children investigate the historical evidence about Edward Jenner and James Phipps.

Strength of Character
(Enrichment activity: English and history):
An English-focused activity about the importance of characters in storytelling.

Picturing Dr Jenner
(Enrichment activity: English, art and history):
Children explore some of the most famous paintings depicting Dr Jenner’s revolutionary experiment on James Phipps.

Making Movies! (Enrichment activity: English, science and drama):
Children learn about some of the main creative and technical roles that go into making a film.

The Great Vaccine Debate (Enrichment activity: History, science and English):
A two-part history and science activity.

Dr Edwina Jenner - Immunologist (Enrichment activity: Science, ethics and history)
A discussion-based activity about ethics and scientific processes.

Measles alert! (Core activity: maths, English and science):
A dramatic multimedia simulation.

Why You'll Never Catch Smallpox (Core activity: Science, English and history)
Children revise key learning from across the resources.

These resources have been developed and produced by the Association for Science Education in partnership with James Films, with support from the Wellcome Trust.

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