Year 8 – Suggested resources
It is key to assess knowledge and experience before delivering alcohol education – See pages 7 – 12 of the Teacher Workbook.
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Ice breaker/ Conversation starter Musical Chairs game: How we are influenced by alcohol (page 12, Teacher Workbook) This activity should take 20 mins to half and hour and will demonstrate to pupils that although they may not currently drink, their life is influenced by alcohol.
These questions are examples and we suggest you make more complex or simplify according to your classes’ experience regarding alcohol (they know the names of drinks, they’ve seen someone who’s drunk etc.)
The decision on whether to drink or not
The key is for you to facilitate class discussion and to correct any misconceptions.
Ask the pupils to count how many times alcohol is mentioned or viewed during a TV show, or how many times they spot alcohol advertised during the week.
Units and guidelines
We suggest you use unit calculators and a unit measure cup that can be ordered from resources.drinkaware.co.uk/products (These are available free of charge).
Bring in glasses of different sizes and shapes and save empty containers and bottles of well known brands and drinks.
If you have internet access the pupils can try using one of the unit calculator apps.
Have they understood?
Use the Alcohol clock game and activity (page 36 Teacher Workbook).
The game involves laying the numbers of a clock on the floor and asking the kids to plan an evening out and to work out how many units they have drunk and how long it takes for the body to break down a unit.
Extension Activity a
Test your parents
Ask pupils to ask their parents if they know what the daily guidelines are for adults and how many units are in their glass of wine etc. and give them marks out of 10.
Extension Activity b
Why are young people advised not to drink?
Alcohol and its effects, social and physical
If you have internet access for the pupils, ask them to spend ten minutes using the interactive body. Otherwise, print off the How too much alcohol effects the body worksheet (pages 38 – 39 Teacher Workbook. Go through the different parts of the body and the effects that alcohol has on them.
Choose from the Alcohol and it’s effects teacher notes on pages 40 or draw a human body with the vital organs and ask pupils to come up and write the effects of alcohol on different parts of the body.
Pay attention to how much, how quickly and where alcohol is drunk and the effect of food.
Discuss the effect of alcohol on the immature body and the difference between long term (physical or legall) and short term effects.
Just a Few Drinks Play one or more of the BBC2 Learning zone just a few drinks. Download the teacher notes and lesson plans to use with each film, pages 80, and 83-87 Teacher Workbook. What would you have done? Divide the class into two groups and discuss what could have been done at various stages of the 7 minute films to make things better or worse.
Getting the balance right
Follow the lesson plan How much is too much – getting the balance right (page 78 Teacher Workbook)
Getting the balance right
Ask the pupils to link the amount drunk with the consequences and then discuss how alcohol effects your reactions, coordination, mood, reflexes etc.
It is important to emphasise when not drinking at all is appropriate such as when driving, if pregnant, on certain medications or working, for example.
Divide the class into groups and ask them to plan a party using ‘The party’ lesson plan, pages 81 – 82 Teacher Workbook.
View either Jordan or Anna’s story based at parties from the BBC2 Just a Few Drinks film clips. Use the relevant Just a Few Drinks lesson plan and the teacher notes, pages 80 and 83 – 87 Teacher Workbook.
Use the worksheets Fact or fiction (page 16 – 17 of the Teacher Workbook) and How well do you know your age group? (page 18 – 21 Teacher Workbook). Both these activities are supported by the Assessing Knowledge teacher notes (3rd page) Also, Try the quiz (page 104–107 Teacher Workbook).
If you have internet access allow the pupils ten minutes to refresh their knowledge in the fact zone of talkaboutalcohol.com and then complete the Test Your Knowledge and Want to Learn More? activities in the Online Learning Zone, talkaboutalcohol.com
Based on a social norms approach, the questions in the initial activity on How well do you know your age group? are designed to test young people’s assumptions about how much their contemporaries drink. You can ask students to collect headlines from the newspaper or internet over the week and note how many positive or negative stories there are on alcohol and young people and discuss adults views about young people and how they really behave. Use the worksheet Alcohol Education – What Do You Want? and the accompanying teacher notes to get pupils to design their own alcohol health campaign based on what they have learnt (pages 100 – 101 Teacher Workbook).
Alcohol and the law
Alcohol and staying safe
Use the teacher notes and worksheet simple or full version of the How much is too much? – getting the balance right pages 76 – 77 Teacher workbook.
Use the short clip from Dorset Police Staying out of trouble.