Why you will never catch smallpox

This collection provides a cross-curricular learning package which supports learning about the work of Dr Edward Jenner on developing a vaccine for Smallpox. All activities are based around a short film, which highlights Jenner’s work from the viewpoint of a child living at the time in which he worked on the vaccine. Activities are:


Strength of Character- write stories or scripts based on the James film.

The great vaccine debate- role-play the Parliamentary debate about vaccination that took place in 1802.

Making movies- Create a final scene for the James film using scientific and historical understanding.

The history detectives- exploring evidence through sources of information.

The speckled monster- Simulation of a smallpox epidemic.

Measles alert! - A science, maths and English roleplay resource where children try to fight a measles epidemic.

This collection has been provided by ASE as part of the ‘Why You’ll Never Catch Smallpox’ resource.

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The great vaccine debate

This activity supports learning in science and history, using the context of Dr Edward Jenner’s work on developing a vaccine for Smallpox.
Using a wide range of secondary sources of information children find out about different people’s views on vaccination in the early 1880’s. Using this information they can...

Dr Edwina Jenner: immunologist

This resource aimed at 9-11 year olds, provides a video showing  Edward Jenner's work on developing a vaccine for smallpox over 200 years ago. A follow-up activity explores how modern-day scientists make sure a new vaccine works and is safe. Children use what they have learned to...

Picturing Dr Jenner

This activity supports learning in English and Art using the context of Edward Jenner’s work on testing a vaccine on James Phipps.  Children compare a number of artworks depicting Dr Jenner vaccinating James Phipps. As an optional extension activity, they discuss the use of artistic...

Why you will never catch smallpox: conclusion

This activity supports learning in science and English, using the context of Dr Edward Jenner’s work on developing a vaccine for Smallpox. Children learn how, through vaccination, Smallpox became the first and only human disease to be eradicated. They look at what other vaccines exist today and the current battles...

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