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The Art of Being Human Autumn 1 2019

Autumn 1 2019 

The Art of Being Human

Science/ English / PSHE


Children are challenged to become experts in the Art of Being Human; they will learn about the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood and how nutrients are transported through our bodies. Through writing explanations and balanced arguments, the children will explore the importance of a healthy lifestyle. This exploration will look at the effects and impact of diet, exercise, drugs and alcohol. At the end of their study, children will hold a scientific exhibition to invited guests where they will present their findings and stage a fitness session for their guests.


Hook: The class will explore 'What is a healthy lifestyle? How does lifestyle impact on our bodies?' by holding a mini debate session with little time to prepare using the prompt cards (scientific vocab and concepts) resulting in deciding that they need more study!


Blood Smoothies: investigating the components of blood!

The children made blood smoothies to investigate the different components in blood. They were able to understand that blood is made up of four different components and their ratios. This helped them to understand why blood is red but that each different component is a separate entity with its own unique function. Once the children understood this, they were able to research the different functions of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets interdependently using the internet. They then created notes which would be used later in the week.... watch this space!

After investigating blood, the children set about writing their own reports to present to our exhibition guests later in the term. Through this we learnt about how to ensure our writing has good flow by using different cohesive devices. We had to analyse different written texts to find how other writers use cohesion to organise their writing before having a go.... we had to practice before our final piece but we discovered that Roald Dahl had written Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 4 times before he was happy with it! This made us realise how practice and editing are all an important part of the writing process. 


After all our hard work, children were asking if they could display their work as they are 'so proud' (Year 6 girl) of it and commenting how 'I really understand the different parts of blood now!' (Year 6 boy)

Our own reports on blood!

The children were given a jigsaw of a human heart and asked to try to create the exact model!

Without help, this was tricky!

Finally, we studied a picture of a real heart learning the names of the main arteries and veins as well as the names of the four chambers.


Children were then challenged to make scientifically accurate models of the heart out of clay.


After learning about the heart, we decided to write fact files for our science exhibition. The children had to think about appropriate ways to describe the heart and how it works in order to teach about the heart..... scientific adjectives were quite tricky! 

Exploring the circulatory system

Exploring the circulatory system... Class 5/6 acted out the circulatory system: some of us were oxygenated blood, some were de-oxygenated blood, the heart, the lungs and other organs. We had to journey around the body to deposit the oxygen to the correct places and to get more oxygen from the lungs. All blood traveled through the heart. 

Introductions and Conclusions


After writing our reports about the different components of blood, the children evaluated their work and we decided that we needed to do some work on improving writing introductions and conclusions. Here are some finished examples... we spent a long time writing them carefully and editing them to ensure they were effective. 


The Journey of Nutrients


Throughout this project there has been a lot of learning about scientific processes and scientific knowledge. However, the opportunities for practising scientific skills were not so prominent.

As a result, we dedicated our learning on this occasion to  scientific skills: predicting, recording, reporting, concluding, observing and setting up fair investigations.

We  explored the processes of diffusion and osmosis and how to accurately record our methods, observations, notes and findings in a scientific way.



Investigating Nutrients!

Writing up our investigation - practicing scientific skills: predicting, observing and concluding using evidence

Our Outcome

Parent Comments:


"All of the children explained everything in great detail and so well"

"Lots of information and fun experiments!"

"Well done 5-6! I learnt alot!"

"Brilliantly informative outcome! I am impressed by how much the children have learnt"

"Fab! I had such fun and learnt loads!"