The science behind sun care

Make a class poster to explain the need for sun care.

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  • > Good for ages: 7 - 11
  • > Supports: PSHE, Science, Social sciences, Health and Wellbeing, Personal development and mutual understanding
  • > Time needed: 1 lesson

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Using the worksheet 'The science behind sun care':

a) Explain that pupils will be asked to communicate key sun care messages through a poster. The messages are:

  • Use sun cream when outside in the sun
  • Wear clothes to cover skin, including a hat, on sunny days·  
  •  Wear sunglasses on sunny days
  • Keep in the shade during the hottest part of the day in summer (11am-3pm)
  • Never look directly at the sun

It may help for pupils to see the KS3 film provided as part of this resource, which shows a Boots Soltan sun care expert talking about sun protection.

b) Divide the messages up so that different pupils are working on different messages. Each poster should only try and communicate one message (and this should be in the pupil’s own words).

c) The poster should reflect the science behind the message: why do we need sun care?

d) Where possible, allow children to use computers to make and print their posters so that they are graphically effective. The posters can then be displayed around school.