Big idea: health and disease

Organisms must stay in good health to survive and thrive; the health of an individual results from interactions between its body, behaviour, environment and other organisms.

Health and disease" is one of 15 big ideas of science in the Best Evidence Science Teaching collection. Understanding of the big idea is built up by a series of key concepts at age 11-16, which have been organised into teaching topics.

The research-informed resources for each key concept make up a progression toolkit that provides:

  • appropriately-sequenced steps for learning progression
  • diagnostic questions to reveal preconceptions and common misunderstandings
  • response activities to challenge misunderstandings and encourage conceptual development

Download teacher guidance notes for this big idea

 

 

Resources for age 11-14

Topic 1: What are health and disease?

Topic 2: Human lifestyles and health

Topic 3: Health and infectious disease

 

Resources for age 14-16

Topic 4: Human lifestyles and health

  • Key concept 1
    Promoting good health: interacting factors and risk

    Resources for this key concept will be uploaded at the end of 2021.

Topic 5: Health and infectious disease

  • Key concept 1
    Defences against disease in plants and humans

    Resources for this key concept will be uploaded in early 2022.
     
  • Key concept 2
    Promoting good health: reducing the spread of infections

    Resources for this key concept will be uploaded in early 2022.

Topic 6: Maintaining health

  • Key concept 1
    Use and development of drugs and medicines

    Resources for this key concept will be uploaded at the end of 2022.
     

Is there a recommended teaching order?

The Best Evidence Science Teaching resources can be incorporated into your existing scheme of work, if desired. 

However, we have used research evidence on learning pathways and on effective sequencing of ideas to develop maps that suggest how key concepts can be sequenced to build understanding of big ideas of science. These maps can help with curriculum planning.

View the key concept map for biology