PSHE KS2 / KS3: Naomi's Story - Living with leukaemia

A powerful and eye-opening animation using the first-person testimony of Naomi, a 10-year old girl with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Naomi is now in remission; she talks about her diagnosis, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and recovery.

We also hear about her life before and after the diagnosis, discussing the emotional impact of cancer and the sudden changes that it inflicts on everyday life.

The intimate and direct impact of using Naomi’s real first-person testimony encourages pupils to empathise with her situation, and to understand how some children’s lives are very different from their own.

Naomi talks about school, family, friends and explains the confusion and chaos caused by cancer.

Teacher review prior to use in class is recommended. Contains some scenes which younger viewers may find upsetting.

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 / Key Stage 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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