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The Beast within Us

Some tiny bugs and beasties live within us. How do they get there, what problems do they cause and how can we avoid those that do us harm? Using toxoplasma parasites as an example this topic introduces these sneaky characters who have a clever way of ensuring their survival.

Toxoplasma parasites have successfully evolved to live within all warm blooded animals including humans. The Beasts within Us helps to raise awareness of this parasite and gives advice to help people protect themselves from infection.

This topic is a fantastic example of how disease can spread between animals and humans and how simple hygiene and food safety methods can help protect us from disease.

Curriculum links
Naturally our topics help to deliver science experience and outcomes, but they also have cross curriculum appeal. The Beasts within us links with the following areas of learning:

Science Experience and Outcomes:

  • Body systems and cells
  • Biodiversity and interdependence
  • Inheritance

Also:

  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Expressive Arts
  • Literacy and English

Age suitability
Moredun’s educational resources are suitable for a broad range of ages and abilities. With simple core messages and extension ideas, there is plenty of scope for the topics to be easily simplified or expanded upon if necessary.

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