Acer Class - Year 6
Mrs Lisa Golledge
Mr P Tomley
Mrs Natalie King
The children had such an amazing experience look at a real heart in Science. They were able to get a feel for the size and weight, as well as try to spot arteries and where the atrium etc. would be. We also discussed how through history scientists have learnt about our bodies in this way which has led to our current understanding of the human body and doctors being able to treat us when we are ill. We also discussed the importance of being respectful and humane towards animals.
For Science and our learning around the book ‘Pig Heart Boy’, every child had the chance to become part of the Circulatory System. Children became the Brain, Heart, Lungs and Small Intestines, as well as the blood. They re-enacted their learning about how blood travels through arteries, veins and capillaries to transport oxygen, water and nutrients to each part of their body. They kept a ‘walking dialogue’ about what was happening at each point and whether they were oxygenated or deoxygenated blood. We will use this to write explanations about how the Circulatory System works.
To understand the function of blood within our bodies, we made our own ‘blood’. It contained plasma, white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets.
On Wednesday 29th September, we visited the Science Department at Dean Academy to perform a ‘pluck’ of the Circulatory System. Mr Edy showed us the Circulatory System of a lamb because it was very similar to our own and it would not offend other cultures (or religions) as it might taking it from a pig. We had the opportunity to dissect our own lamb’s heart. We had to take care when using the scalpels. The teachers were impressed with how much we already knew about the circulatory system and the questions we asked to find out more. It was the most amazing morning and really gave us the chance to clarify our knowledge and understanding from an expert!