Vaccines and vaccination teaching resources

Worksheets and lesson ideas to challenge students aged 11 to 16 to think hard about vaccines and vaccination (GCSE and Key Stage 3)

Students must master an enormous number of words when learning about vaccines, immunisation and the immune system. Many students will come to lessons with a considerable amount of prior knowledge about these topics. The activities below can help you find out what your students already know, and allow students to make sense of the key words used when teaching vaccination. 

How does a vaccine work?

GCSE worksheet on vaccination. Students read a passage about the quest to discover a vaccine for Ebola. Working in pairs, students discuss key terms from the article before they summarise key points from each paragraph. This worksheet teaches students how to read for meaning and how a vaccine works. (PDF)

Reading for meaning: vaccines









What do your students already know about vaccines and immunity?

Use the image below to find out what your students already know about the topic of vaccination. Allow students to discuss the image with their partner and discuss ideas as a class. Put ideas on the board to build class knowledge. (EBOLA image)

How does a vaccine work?

  1. Bacteria
  2. Fungi
  3. Microorganisms and scale
  4. Infection and response
  5. Vaccines