Over the past 10 years at SSERC we have been producing activities which help teachers to encourage meaningful discussion about scientific issues. One of the areas which we have been developing supports science and health issues such as Liver and Alcohol. These activities are based around a series of resources which were made possible with funding from the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust (now known as the Primary Science Teaching Trust).
The health of young people is of increasing concern to society, as a result of their lifestyle choices. Alcohol consumption in school children has doubled over a decade, and in 2005 a quarter of pupils imbibed 14 or more units a week. Teachers are discovering that younger and younger pupils are consuming alcohol, and the police report a steep rise in alcohol-related crime involving very young children.
We strongly recommend that initially you look through the Liver teacher guide and then access the other files as required. The complete resource consists of 7 files and a series of 4 video clips; each of the files can be accessed by clicking on the links below: