As schools remain closed to the majority of pupils during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, Pfizer UK releases a series of online educational materials and free online games for STEM learning from home.
Pfizer’s resources aim to help parents teach children from ages 5 to 14 about infection, antibiotics and vaccines through e-learning modules, puzzles, games and at-home experiments. Resource packs can be accessed for free from Pfizer.co.uk
An independent survey of 1500 UK adults looking after school-aged children, conducted by the Sutton Trust, found that only two in five parents feel confident teaching their children at home. Pfizer has taken action to help parents struggling with home learning and ensure children across the country continue to study the important subject of science while unable to attend school.
Julian Thompson, Vice President, Global Regulatory Operations and Pfizer’s Sandwich Site Head says about this project
“I know a lot of parents might not feel confident teaching science at home, but it really is a fun subject and there are lots of things you can do with your kids to explore it. I hope these online materials stop people feeling daunted to tackle it at home.”
The curriculum-linked materials for 5-14-year-olds have been adapted for child-friendly online use and consist of two highly topical themes: ‘Superbugs: Join The Fight’, developed in partnership with The National Schools Partnership, and ‘Science in a Box’.
The ‘Superbugs: Join the Fight’ e-learning modules and virtual activities outline practical ways to prevent the spread of infection and introduce concepts such as the inappropriate use and misuse of antibiotics and the role of vaccines in preventing disease.
The ‘Science in a Box’ materials aims to demystify the making of medicine. It invites students to learn about medicine development using engaging online content. The resource packs can be accessed for free from the website.
Alyson Parry, Teacher at Trerobart Primary School said of the “Superbugs: Join the Fight’ classroom resources:
This is one of the…easiest resources I’ve ever used. It is to the point, it gets the message across and the children enjoy it too.”
Peter Collins, Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager, Pfizer UK:
“For years, tens of thousands of children across the UK have benefitted from Pfizer’s classroom-based science programmes. Since school closures, we’ve worked hard to re-purpose and develop materials specifically for home learning. We want to ensure young people can access these topical and engaging materials and continue to be inspired by STEM subjects at home.”
Nicola Soong, Global Commercial Operations, Pfizer, and parent of 2 children:
“I’ve found it increasingly difficult to structure my children’s ‘school days’ and to find informative and interactive resources that suit their learning style. Pfizer’s teaching materials have been a great helping hand, and the superbugs content has helped me explain the current situation to my children with ease.”
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 The Sutton Trust, School Closures – Parent Polling, April 2020 [https://www.suttontrust.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Parent-Polling.pdf]
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