Animals, Including Humans

Year 6

Unit Overview

Crimson, scarlet, burgundy, cherry. Blood flows through our bodies in all its vibrant shades of red. Let’s explore our circulation system. Now, surgeons, don’t be squeamish as we dissect an animal heart and examine the veins, arteries and chambers up close. They all work hard to move blood around our bodies. William Harvey was fascinated with anatomy, and made groundbreaking discoveries about valves. I wonder what we might uncover? Why do people give blood? Find out how to keep your heart happy with cardiovascular exercise and healthy food. Kickstart a campaign to spread the word about the damage caused to the lungs and heart by smoking. Hearts pound, flutter and maybe skip a beat. What makes your heart race? Is it a secret? Cross my heart, I won’t tell.


Heart Dissection


We will be writing non-chronological reports detailing how to stay healthy as well as persuasive letters inspired by Malorie Blackman's Pig Heart Boy.


Exercising outside and its impact on our circulatory system.

Unit Sequence: Learning Intentions

  1. Name and describe the purpose of the circulatory system and the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood.

  2. Take accurate, precise and repeated measurements in standard units, using a range of chosen equipment.

  3. Explain that the circulatory system in animals transports oxygen, water and nutrients around the body

  4. To understand the different blood groups.

  5. Plan and carry out a range of enquiries, including writing methods, identifying and controlling variables, deciding on equipment and data to collect and making predictions based on prior knowledge and understanding.

  6. Take accurate, precise and repeated measurements in standard units, using a range of chosen equipment.

  7. Recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function.

Scientific Enquiry: Investigations

  1. How does blood flow?

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  2. What's in blood?

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  3. What can your heart rate tell you?

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Circulatory System Assault Course


Malorie Blackman's Pig Heart Boy