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Smallpox

This week, as part of our topic ‘Who’s a genius?’,  the children found out about Edward Jenner and  his genius work of discovering the vaccine for smallpox.When he was 8 years old, Edward’s village suffered an outbreak of the very infectious disease and ever since then he was determined to find out as much as he could about the disease.

He became a doctor and found out that milk maids who had caught  a mild disease called cowpox from cows were immune to the smallpox germs.

This helped him to discover a vaccine ( which comes form the Latin word for cow) for smallpox and the last case of smallpox in the world was nearly 40 years ago. So thank you to the genius Edward Jenner and thank you cows!!

Shelter building

It was a wet Friday in forest school this week so the children made shelters from sticks and tarpaulins to keep themselves dry. The shelters were so good that they had their snack of hot chocolate and biscuit in their camps.