Africa (Old Curriculum)

Health (Old Curriculum)

Children's rights and the millennium development goals are studied in relation to Africa and the UK. Health, water, food and trade, Mandela, African art, history and geography are all covered and support to link with an African school is given. Gain your International School Award!

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This Topic was written for the old National Curriculum of England.  We have left it on the website so that teachers unconstrained by the new National Curriculum can continue to access this material.  Teachers in England would have to adapt this Topic to the new curriculum or use some of the new Topics available on the website. 

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01: Life chances

Use the life chances game to explore how your chances of being healthy and living a long life, depend upon where you live in the world. A focus on Africa.

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01a: Healthy proverbs

Discuss African proverbs about health and their meanings. Children design their own posters or prepare a drama / freeze frame to show meaning of healthy proverb. Compare to healthy proverbs or sayings in the UK?

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02: The healthy box

Explore with children the basic needs to ensure good health, and how they are interconnected using the concept of a ‘healthy box’.

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02a: My life is different

Look at case studies from different African countries and using the healthy box discuss what things are missing from the healthy box, which explains differences between the UK and Africa. Children share their case studies and key points. A focus on children’s health.

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03: Clean water and health

Children research the impact of dirty water on health. They present research to the class and indentify the biggest killer diseases. Opportunity here to link back to the water topic, and understanding of a preventable disease.

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03a: Children can make a difference

Children research what are key health issues for their own class. Focus on accidents and how they can be prevented. Understand concept of preventable and how children can play an important role in prevention.

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04: Malaria mosquitoes

Reflect back on Millennium Development Goals 6. Read story on malaria and discuss key issues and what children can do to prevent malaria. ‘Hot seat’ to explore prevention of malaria and difficult decisions which are the reality for many families in African communities.

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04a: Children can fight disease

Children present through poetry, role play, song or dance, an action that can be taken to prevent malaria.

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05: HIV - Kishe’s Story

Return to Millennium Development Goals 6, and focus on HIV and AIDS. Children read a story of a young orphan, Kishe, and reflect on her life story and the wider impact of HIV across generations.

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English Plan 5: Non-fiction - persuasion posters

Look at a range of posters to identify features that make them effective. Look at posters with a message and ask children to compare and evaluate them and design one. Discuss Oxfam posters about Millennium Development Goals before giving children the challenge of designing a new set of posters.

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06: Are we meeting the health targets

Reflect back on ‘Right to health' and Millennium Development Goals. Investigate how far children think their rights and the Millennium Development Goals relating to health are being met. Present a Millennium Development Goal in an interesting way.