Ban the beds


In preparation for a summer holiday many people turn to sunbeds to top up their tan but could this habit be endangering their life? In this activity students are working as researchers on a TV show planning a report about the claim that sunbeds cause skin cancer. Students will use knowledge about UV light to explain the link between sunbeds and skin cancer, and understand how scientific evidence can support a claim. 

KS3/GCSE   Working Scientifically  Analysis and evaluation: interpret observations and data

KS3/GCSE   Waves:  uses of electromagnetic waves

Ban the Beds

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Lesson outline

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Starter:  Students study a graph that appears to show a link between sunbeds and skin cancer.
Core task:  Students do some research into UV light and write the introduction to the report.
Plenary:  There is a scientific reason why sunbeds could cause skin cancer.
Extension:  Students study evidence presented as graphs and decide which best supports the claim.
Plenary:  Discussion on if they now have enough evidence to prove the claim is correct.


Tanning addict warns of dangers  Online newspaper article about a young woman who was diagnosed with skin cancer aged 19. This is the story the activity starter is based on. Show the students the short interview.

SunSmart Website from Cancer Research UK about sunbeds.