PSHE KS2: Bites and stings

In this short film Dr Emeka teaches pupils how to deal with bites and stings on themselves, or those around them.

With the help of animation, he goes through the processes for cleaning and easing the pain of stings and bite.

He also talks about spotting the signs of an allergic reaction and what steps need to be taken.

This short film is from the BBC Teach series 'Dr Emeka’s Essential First Aid'.

Teacher Notes

This short film could be used as part of a wider lesson teaching about anaphylactic shock, the signs and symptoms and what to do if you, or someone you’re with, experiences anaphylactic shock.

In conjunction with the film, students should learn more about the different types of bites and stings, how to treat them and how to recognise when they require further medical assistance.

Students should also learn about ticks and how to recognise and treat a tick bite.

Students should be taught that both 999 and 112 are numbers to reach the emergency services and that 112 can be used across Europe and other countries to connect them to local emergency services where they are.


Students could think of a list of animals, plants and insects that bite or sting, and in groups or pairs, play a game of charades or twenty questions to guess which it is.

Students could explain to each other, in pairs, when a bite or sting can become more serious.

Students could think of descriptive words to describe what a bite or sting might feel like, or describe their own experiences of being bitten or stung.

Students could be given a word search that contains the signs and symptoms of what happens when someone has an allergic reaction to a bite or sting.

Other subject areas

  • Students could learn about allergies in the wider sense, what they are and the effects they have on our body.
  • In geography, students could explore the different animals and plants that live in a variety of climates and begin to understand the different bites and stings they can give.
  • In science students could look at different habitats and the food chains that exist there, which make bites and stings essential for animals and plants to live.

Curriculum Notes

This short film touches on elements of PSHE first aid as introduced to the curriculum in England from September 2020 for Key Stage 2.

While not on the curriculum specifically, it could also be used in Wales and Northern Ireland at Key Stage 2 and in Scotland at 1st and 2nd level.

More from Dr Emeka’s Essential First Aid:

How to make a call to emergency services
Burns and scalds
Bleeding and shock
Head injuries
Bone fractures
How to administer CPR
How to administer CPR during the Covid-19 pandemic