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Teaching the Human Heart to 5-7yr olds

Discussion in 'Primary' started by klr1, May 4, 2012.

  1. Hi
    I am a student teacher and I am going to be teaching the Human Heart to a class of 5-7 year olds (for my assessment). I would like it to be as active as possible. Has anyone got any ideas?
    Thanks
     
  2. Hi
    I am a student teacher and I am going to be teaching the Human Heart to a class of 5-7 year olds (for my assessment). I would like it to be as active as possible. Has anyone got any ideas?
    Thanks
     
  3. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Eh? Or human science in KS1 consists of not a lot more than naming basic body parts and keeping healthy. OK So it is in year 1 only, but definitely isn't as advanced as about the heart.

    What do you want to teach them and then we can help with ideas for how?
     
  4. my teacher hasn't really said. She wants me to teach them about the heart (and lungs at some point too) is all she said (their topic is Healthy Bodies). I appreciate that it will have to be basic due to their age which is why I am struggling - the heart is not a simple organ!
    I could only think about going down the route of the need to be healthy and how being healthy/unhealthy effects the heart ?? Not sure.
    thanks
     
  5. lardylegs

    lardylegs Occasional commenter

    Teach them to feel their own pulse. The pulse in the neck is easier to feel than the pulse in the wrist. Everybody feel the pulse in the classroom.

    Everyone go outside and jump up and down for one minute. Feel the pulse again. It's faster, isn't it? Therefore exercise makes your heart beat faster.
     
  6. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    we do an activity with year 5, perhaps you can adapt it...
    Very large scale drawing of heart on floor, chalk or masking tape as appropriate. Selected children run into the heart and then out again to show how the blood moves (or air into and out of the lungs if you like.)
    for younger children the lungs seem easier to understand for me.
     
  7. mystery10

    mystery10 Occasional commenter

    Dunno - can't you look up what is expected in the NC etc and then take it from there?
    I don't suppose much is expected at KS1 human science as someone else said.
    (If it can include structure, get an animal heart from the butchers to show them? Think children will be fascinated by the notion of it pumping blood, but then if that's not on the curriculum, they might not rate your lesson well?)
    Can't really help you with the practical ideas until we know what the main learning points of the lesson are going to be.
    Good luck.
     
  8. Waiguoren

    Waiguoren New commenter

    One thing you could do is have them tap their chests then talk about how the hard thing they can feel is a bone which protects the heart from being damaged.
    A quick look on the (wonderful, love it so much!) Oxford Owl website shows this book: http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/Ebooks/Whats_inside_me/#
    There are 2 pages on the heart.
    I think the idea about the butcher's heart is great! Perhaps another thing you could do is take a large sponge and cut a heart shape out of it, then put it in water, soak it up and squeeze to release. Show how the heart takes in blood and pushes it out.
    This is too advanced for your students, but perhaps you could adapt some ideas:
    http://www.smm.org/heart/lessons/lesson1.htm
    Here's a magic trick which might be a good warmer!
    http://www.activitytv.com/960-toothpick-pulse
    And a game: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/gamesactivities/keephealthy.html
     

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