The film version of War of the Worlds proved very popular. Children will learn about the impact of 'alien' populations within habitats and the potential impacts of micro-organisms as well as consider links between cause and effect.
They will demonstrate this by comparing the potential spread of bird flu from birds to - and within - the human population with the spread of smallpox in Mexico and the death of the aliens in the War of the Worlds film.
- Diseases can be passed on by very small organisms. This idea is based on scientific evidence.
Children will learn:
- Sequencing cards to show how smallpox spread from invading Spanish soldiers to local Aztec people.
- To suggest explanations for conclusions, using scientific knowledge and understanding.
These resources were initially developed in partnership with the Centre for Science Education, Sheffield Hallam University.