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Bacteria: E. coli

A short discussion topic suitable for year 2 and all of KS2 linking with the topic living things and habitats and body systems and cells. This amazing image shows a work of art created by Luke Jerram: a glass sculpture of an E. coli bacterium. These rod-shaped bacteria are often found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded animals and can be beneficial to their hosts – but they can also cause sickness.

This ten-minute activity, linking to speaking and listening, is ideal for use at the beginning of the day or during transition times, such as after lunch. Pupils will be challenged to guess what the image is by answering the questions shown on the first slide of the PowerPoint. This could be done on the whiteboard or through discussion with a partner. Once pupils have finished, click through to the next slide to reveal the answers. This discussion topic is also suitable for year 3, year 4, year 5, P3, P4, P5, P6 and P7.

Year 6
Living things and habitats
Bacteria: E. coli

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