The Speckled Monster

Speckled Monster

The Speckled Monster (core activity)
4-5 hours total  SCIENCE, MATHS, English

Key Questions:
How did Jenner investigate his ideas about cowpox?
What is vaccination?

Activity Overview:

Children take part in a simulation of a smallpox outbreak which introduces them to the observations that led Edward Jenner to his world-changing discovery that cowpox gives immunity to the dreaded ‘Speckled Monster’.
Children also draw and analyse a graph for a real smallpox outbreak, and use extracts from Jenner’s publication to explore the scientific processes he used to investigate and test his hypothesis.

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