Last Updated: Thursday, July 23, 2020

Inside and out – first level

What is this?

Find some ideas to support you to design an activity to help children understand the importance of safety when taking medicines, which you can use or adapt for learners in your class while they are working remotely. This learning activity is based on first level experiences and outcomes.  

When designing learning activities, think about the range of learners in your class and their individual circumstances. 

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) experiences and outcomes: First level

  • I know that there are medicines and some other substances that can be used in a safe way to improve health and I am becoming aware of how choices I make can affect my health and wellbeing. (HWB 1-38a)

Purpose of the activity

This activity provides suggested learning about the human body and things we put into it. Additionally, children will be asked to think about both safe and substances, which can be safe or dangerous to us. This activity is designed to support children to explore this theme while learning at home.

Learning activity

Using whichever method you use to share home learning activities with the children in your class, consider the following:

1. Ask the children, supported by an adult, to think about all the things they put into their bodies. For example, they may focus on:

  • Different foods
  • Drinks
  • Medicines

Children should be encouraged to think about the following questions:

  • Which foods are their favourites?
  • Can they describe what they taste like?
  • What is their favourite drink?
  • What does medicine taste like?
  • What do we take medicines for?
  • Who gives us medicine?
  • How do we know that a medicine is for us?
  • Why should you never take medicine that has been prescribed for someone else?

2. What are the meanings for the following words? Children should look these up in a dictionary, research online, or ask people in their home what they mean.

  • Pharmacy
  • Surgery
  • Doctor
  • Dose
  • Prescription

3. Think about substances in the home that might be DANGEROUS if children ate or drank them. How do children know they are not to be swallowed or drunk?

4. Ask the children to get someone at home to help them find three things which would be dangerous to eat or drink. They should write down what they are and any symbols or words on the packaging which highlight the danger.

5. Ask the children to create a poster to warn others about a dangerous substance or medications in the home which no one should eat or drink. This example of a postser may help.

Extension activity

For additional challenge ask children to design three new symbols which could be printed onto packaging to show children that the contents are dangerous to eat or drink. They should design/draw their illustrations using bright colours.

National benchmarks

Depending on a child’s individual stage of development and their prior learning, children will be working towards these benchmarks, by the end of first level.

  • Identifies why misusing medication can be harmful.

Possible approach to assessing learning

Receiving examples of learning at home from children will help you understand how they are managing the tasks you have set and provide some feedback. Using whichever approaches your school uses to communicate with parents, some of the following may be useful in supporting you to assess and celebrate children’s progress:

Some children, supported by an adult may want to upload photos or a record of their work to their online learning journal, or online learning space on Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams. This will give you the opportunity to provide feedback and next steps.

Resource subject Health and wellbeing
Resource type Learning activity
Resource format Webpage