Drug Education: What I learnt

Drug Education

For the past 4 weeks, the grade 5 classes of Berwick Lodge Primary school have been learning about drugs, their dangers, side effects and, if medicinal, safe use and benefits.  This post will be a synopsis of what we have learnt. Hope you enjoy! 😀

Week 1:

I was absent this week, but from the information I have gathered from my classmates, we learnt about the different types of drugs, their side effects and possible addictions. This was a kind of general overview lesson.

Week 2:

This week we learnt about alcohol using the De Bono Thinking Hats method. We analysed the risks, addictiveness and the reasons behind drinking and binge drinking.  We separated into different groups to focus on one part (facts, effects, feelings, benefits and problems) to then combine our knowledge and create a poster. We split into our groups and bounced ideas off one-another for opinions. We brought our knowledge together to produce a small poster about the dangers of alcohol.

Week 3:

This week we did one of the most addictive substances ever sold legally, tobacco. We had a look at the potential health hazards of tobacco and watched a series of Quitline advertisements. The pictures in the ads were quite confronting, and we were asked to use similar types of pictures in our posters. My poster was about cigarettes being radioactive.

Week 4:

This week we learnt about what drugs are legal or illegal, how to read the warnings and instructions and what is safe to take. We were given a sheet with images of medicine and drugs. We were told to identify which ones were safe and which ones were dangerous. We also had to read the labels on the products to decide what they were used for. We had to then use that information to deduct what activities it would be safe to do while under the influence of these drugs. I personally enjoyed this lesson the most.


Overall, I really enjoyed the Drug Ed classes, however we are now moving on to leadership classes to prepare us for Grade 6. Hope you enjoyed. Bye 😀