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Schools Programme

SIX SESSIONS, FREE FOR STATE SCHOOLS

We have six different sessions which we run, spanning pupils in Year 7 to Year 13. Our brochure explaining the programme is available here, or scroll down for further details!

Healthy Eating.

KS3 

50-60 minutes

The two main activities are:

  1. getting the students to draw their own eat well plate, and discussing what makes up a healthy diet + why

  2. modelling the human digestive system with a pair of tights

 

Learning objectives, adapted from the National Science Curriculum:

  • content of a healthy human diet: carbohydrates, lipids (fats and oils), proteins, vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and water, and why each is needed

  • the consequences of imbalances in the diet, including obesity, starvation and deficiency diseases

  • the tissues and organs of the human digestive system, including adaptations to function and how the digestive system digests food (enzymes simply as biological catalysts)

  • the importance of bacteria in the human digestive system

Asthma Explained.

KS3 

50 - 60 minutes

This session gets pupils connecting their science lessons to illnesses and medicines. Students will be introduced to the concept of diffusion, there is an interactive exercise to help them think about how breathing changes in different situations, and we finish off by discussing asthma and it’s treatment.

 

Learning objectives, adapted from the National Science Curriculum:

  • the structure and functions of the gas exchange system in humans, including adaptations to function

  • the mechanism of breathing to move air in and out of the lungs, using a pressure model to explain the movement of gases, including simple measurements of lung volume

  • the impact of asthma on this

CPR Training.

KS3 - KS5 

Session length varies according to number of pupils taught

  • The government has said that from Autumn 2020 CPR will need to be taught in schools

  • As healthcare students qualified in Basic Life Support, we are happy to provide this teaching to your pupils

  • This is an engaging session with lots of hands on learning!

Clinical Skills.

KS3 - KS5

50 - 60 minutes

A session to get pupils thinking about healthcare careers

  • Our volunteers will bring in a range of equipment used in hospitals to perform basic clinical skills

  • Depending on the age of pupils these will include stethoscopes, pulse oximeters, peak flow meters, tendon hammers and otoscopes

  • There will be a discussion about the different jobs involved in the NHS and what they can do (prescribing, see patients etc)

  • Students will then learn some of the clinical skills, and the session will end with a role play - the difficulty of which will be adjusted depending on age

Diabetes Explained.

KS4 

50-60 minutes

This session gets pupils to link their GCSE Biology lessons to Medicine and healthcare. 

  • This session starts with an interactive activity where pupils guess how much sugar is in different foods

  • Diabetes is then introduced to students and the two ‘types’ Type 1 and Type 2 are explained

  • The session ends with a role play, where a student pretends to be a doctor explaining diabetes to a patient in a simple way

Evidence Based Medicine.

KS5

50 - 60 minutes

This session will serve as introduction to research in Medicine and healthcare. It is ideal for sixth form and college students interested in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences.

 

  • We will talk about the different types of evidence in science, and discuss why you shouldn’t always believe the newspaper headlines

  • Cochrane is a global health research network, they produce landmark studies that change how doctors treat patients

  • They are working to support us in delivering sessions on Evidence Based Medicine to school pupils, something they have been doing in Oxford for a few years now

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