These lesson plans help you explore what cancer is with students. They’re ideal for Year 9 or S2 students.

Students will consider how they understand the word ‘cancer’ and where these views have come from. They will then explore the truth behind a variety of cancer myths and learn about what cancer actually is, explaining this in their own words to cement their understanding. In part 2 students will learn about the signs of cancer in young people and what to do if they have concerns about their own or others health.

Lesson plans

These lessons are largely PSHE lessons, with elements of Science and speaking and listening. Students will learn about the signs of cancer in young people and what to do if they have concerns about their own or others health.

  • What is cancer? Lesson plan 1.pdf
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  • What is cancer? Lesson plan 2.pdf
    [pdf 184.48 KB]
  • Resources

  • What is Cancer: Resource Sheet 1 - Most Common Cancers In Young People.pdf
    [pdf 111.54 KB]
  • What is Cancer: Resource Sheet 2 - Memory Activity.pdf
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  • What is Cancer: Support Sheet 1: True or False Statements.pdf
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  • What is Cancer: Support Sheet 2 – True or False Statements teacher’s copy.pdf
    [pdf 107.21 KB]
  • What is Cancer: Support Sheet 3 - True or False Statements Record.pdf
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  • What is Cancer: Support Sheet 4 - True or False Worksheet.pdf
    [pdf 104.79 KB]
  • What is Cancer: Support Sheet 5 - Learning Outcomes.pdf
    [pdf 120.81 KB]
  • What is Cancer: Curriculum Links.pdf
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  • What is Cancer: Notes.pdf
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  • Teacher's guidance for Creating a Safe Environment.pdf
    [pdf 57.72 KB]
  • Teenage Cancer Trust Safe Environment Contract.pdf
    [pdf 56.55 KB]
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