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Handwashing in primary schools

Handwashing in primary schools

As young children are particularly at risk of catching and spreading gastro-intestinal and respiratory infection so the Agency has developed a resource pack to teach handwashing in primary schools, using an animated character called Max. This pack, which focuses on Key Stage 1 pupils, was developed in discussion with teachers, pupils and school nurses. It is an easy to use self contained pack which links with various curriculum areas, including PSHE, Science and Art and Design.

Some of the materials from the pack are downloadable here. The animation is not currently available to download.
poster for schools (PDF, 195 KB)  


The Health Protection Agency has also developed a web based student resource called e-Bug which is aimed at Key Stages 2 and 3. e-Bug has a broader remit with activities covering, useful and harmful microbes, hygiene, prevention of infection and antibiotic use. It can be used to build on the Key Stage 1, Hands up for Max, handwashing teaching resource. 

Last reviewed: 4 May 2012