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Thursday 7th Mar 2019, 09.00am

Our immune system - the battle within

If we could travel inside our body, shrinking down to a cellular level, we could see how amazing our immune system really is.

Researchers at the University of Oxford are investigating how the immune system works in order to create new treatments for diseases, such as cancer. In these lessons students can review and revise the immune system by looking at the connection between cell structure and function (KS3), creating a stop-motion animation (KS4), exploring how protein shape is important for function (KS4), and playing top trumps to learn about specific immune cell types (KS5).
KS3 - Cell Structure and Structural Adaptations
KS4 – An Animated Immune System
KS4 – Control of Immunity: Cascades of Shapes
KS5 - Immune Cell Top Trumps
In this lesson students will review cell organelle function, predict basic structural adaptations of cells based on their function and explain structural adaptations of cells in relation to organelle function.
This activity encourages students to review the action of the immune system with an emphasis on students considering the importance of shape in the activation and action of phagocytes and lymphocytes.
This top trumps activity is intended to be a fun and interactive way for students to engage with and review the content of immune cells and their function.
Bacteria Safari: Forest on your Fingernail
Wednesday 17th Oct 2018, 09.00am

Bacteria Safari: The Forest on your Fingernail

What on Earth can tiny microorganisms tell us about the animal and plant life around us? Bacteria are tiny organisms that exist everywhere; including on us! Watch this animation...

Researchers at the University of Oxford are study how bacteria live together, interact or compete, and hope to test theories about how much larger species interact. In these resources, inspired by this research, students devise a method to test whether the microorganisms in probiotics make it to the stomach alive (KS3), looks at how antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria develop (KS4), research what drives competitions or cooperation in animals (KS4), and read a research paper to consider evidence around how the microbiome can effect mood (KS5).
KS3 - Beneficial Bacteria
KS4 - Alternative Antibiotics
KS4 - Cooperate or Compete
KS5 - Gut Feeling
Probiotics contain species of these bacteria but do they actually work to increase their population in our intestines? This activity is suitable for extending the more able students. They plan an investigation to collect evidence before evaluating how valid their data would be.
In this activity students use a model to understand how antibiotic resistant bacteria develop and then investigate a possible solution.
Some groups of organisms live in harmony, sharing and helping each other. Whilst others fight for their share of resources – what drives organisms to cooperate or compete?In this lesson students find out why the work of microbiologists at The University of Oxford is helping to answer this question. This lesson is best used after students have studied competition between organisms. The main activity can be carried out for homework.
In this activity students read an extract from a paper written by microbiologists and The University of Oxford to understand how bacteria can influence our thoughts and feelings – are they trying to manipulate their hosts for their own benefit or is this simply a side-effect?