PSHE KS2: Coping with epilepsy - Robbie's Story

Robbie is an 11-year-old boy who has epilepsy.

Robbie suffers from absences where he does not know where he is.

Although they don't last very long, they have the potential to be very dangerous in certain circumstances.

Robbie is very aware of this but takes a risk when doing physical activities that he enjoys like judo, rugby and skiing.

Robbie is very active with his friends who all know about the absences and know what to do to get help.

Robbie's friends believe that the absences do not stop the friendship and don't change Robbie as a person because he is just like any other friend.

Robbie has to take regular medication to prevent them and also attends a group where people with epilepsy come together to talk about their condition.

This clip is from the series Same but Different.

Teacher Notes

After watching the clip, the class could have a discussion about epilepsy and how it can impact on one's life.

As well as to consider how we may view people with disability.

Children could explore the role of friends in offering support and being there in an emergency, as well as consider the good and bad points in one's life and how we can make more of the positive.

Pupils could explore the concept of risk in our lives and what we can do to minimise it.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching PSHE at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland.