The postcards themselves offer material that will stretch students’ vocabulary and scientific literacy. Especially:
PostcardsFromTheBody Educational Benefits
Primary National Curriculum for Biology:
- find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air)
- what humans need to stay healthy; and suggesting ways to find answers to their question
- identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat.
- Pupils should be introduced to the main body parts associated with the skeleton and muscles, finding out how different parts of the body have special functions.
- describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans
- identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions
- Pupils should be introduced to the main body parts associated with the digestive system, for example: mouth, tongue, teeth, oesophagus, stomach, and small and large intestine, and explore questions that help them to understand their special functions.
- identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood
- describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans
Secondary National Curriculum for Biology
Cells and organisation
- cells as the fundamental unit of living organisms, including how to observe, interpret and record cell structure using a light microscope.
- the functions of the cell wall, cell membrane, cytoplasm, nucleus, vacuole, mitochondria and chloroplasts.
- the similarities and differences between plant and animal cells
- the role of diffusion in the movement of materials in and between cells
- the hierarchical organisation of multicellular organisms: from cells to tissues to organs to systems to organisms
Nutrition and digestion
- the tissues and organs of the human digestive system, including adaptations to function and how the digestive system digests food (enzymes simply as biological catalysts)
- the importance of bacteria in the human digestive system
Gas exchange systems
- the structure and functions of the gas exchange system in humans, including adaptations to function
- the mechanism of breathing to move air in and out of the lungs, using a pressure model to explain the movement of gases, including simple measurements of lung volume
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