PSHE KS2 / KS3: Izzy and Ben's Story - Living with anaphylactic allergies

A powerful and beautifully animated documentary using first-person testimony from two children, Ben and Izzy, who both suffer with anaphylactic allergies.

Izzy describes what anaphylaxis is and what it does to your body. Together they describe the different ways it influences their daily lives.

Using the children’s first-person testimonies creates an intimate and direct tone that will help your pupils to empathise with people’s differences.

Izzy describes the anxiety she feels when she’s in an environment that she can’t control; a market place, or the school cafeteria. As well as the isolation that it can cause from friends and non-sufferers.

Ben clearly describes the frustration that can occur when his allergy is ignored. Both circumstances are easily relatable as they talk about school, family, friends, holidays and birthday parties.

This clip is from the series: I Can't Go To School Today

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 2

You could use this short film to start a discussion with your pupils about what anaphylaxis is and how it can affect someone that suffers from it.

Key Stage 3 / 4

You could ask your pupils to suggest how they can be more accepting of each other's differences. Discuss these suggestions as a class and ask how they could apply them to other situations as well.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching KS2, KS3 and KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at 2nd, 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.

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