Dental health — teacher guidance, lesson plans and PowerPoints, KS1-3

Dental health — teacher guidance, lesson plans and PowerPoints, KS1-3

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We recognise that many colleagues will be prioritising topics that help students re-adjust to school life, and re-establish healthy and supportive routines, so we’re delighted to launch our full suite of lessons on dental health for members of the Association (become a member) including PDF lesson plans, interactive PowerPoint lessons plans and accompanying resources.

You may have already used our home learning versions of these lessons with pupils during the lockdown period. These new full versions — designed for use in the classroom environment — incorporate a new teacher guidance section with helpful advice on teaching this statutory Health Education topic safely and effectively. We are grateful to Dr. Trishna Patel, Health Education England Leadership Fellow, for her advice and support in producing these lessons.

At key stage 1 and 2, pupils learn about:

  • how diet and everyday actions can impact dental health.
  • techniques and top-tips for cleaning teeth effectively.
  • common-risks to dental health and strategies to help them manage these and keep teeth healthy, including information about people who can help them.

At key stage 3, students build on this learning, considering:

  • the impact of good oral hygiene practices and additional factors, including diet and substance use, on dental health.
  • the difference between dentistry for health and cosmetic purposes.
  • access to NHS dental services and the importance of regular check-ups.

PSHE Association Subject Specialist Bethan Miller says
“These lessons build children and young people’s knowledge and skills in relation to dental health, supporting their ability to establish routines and develop positive health-related behaviours. Pupils explore oral hygiene routines, identify the aspects of everyday life that can help or harm dental health, and how to access support at home or from health service providers. The lessons are designed to be taught as part of a spiral PSHE curriculum which promotes health and wellbeing.”

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At a glance:


Resource type(s)

Guidance documents
Lesson plans

Subject(s)

Healthy Lifestyles
PSHE Guidance & Information

Levels

Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 3

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