PSHE KS1 / KS2: Proud to be a doctor

Schoolboy Lakshya visits the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to interview Dr. Dave Caesar about his job.

We hear how an interest in the human body and people led him to choose medicine as a career.

An animated timeline tells us about doctors through the ages, and focuses on Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first woman to qualify as a doctor in Britain. We also hear how Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by accident.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 1: Your class could produce a simple zigzag book to show the developments of medicine over time to start an understanding of chronology. It could be in the shape of an ambulance to link to the moving image on the timeline. They could stick pictures of the stethoscopes, gloves/gowns and other medical equipment, to show the changes through time on their timeline.

Key Stage 2: Medicine could form part of the unit a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 or the timeline could be used to encourage children to find out more about the influence of the medical achievements of the period of history being studied. For instance when comparing the achievements of the four Ancient Civilisations look at the medicine beliefs of the Egyptians and the Ancient Sumerians, who were filling bad teeth by 3000 BCE. The Ancient Greeks started to use scientific observation and the work of Hippocrates led modern doctors to swearing the Hippocratic oath. The children could look at the impact of the Romans on public health and sanitation or the developments and understanding by Roman Doctors.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History and Modern Studies (careers) at KS1 and KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 1st and 2nd Level in Scotland.