Year 6- Animals Including Humans 

Project Overview

In Year 6 this half term we have been learning about ‘Animals Including Humans’. The children have found this a very interesting topic! 

After all the work that the children have completed during this half term they are now able to:

  • identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood
  • recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function
  • describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.

The children really enjoyed learning about the double circulatory system. They drew some fantastic diagrams and even made an edible diagram which they thoroughly enjoyed making and eating! 

They also liked looking at the impact that exercise has on the heart. The children took part in a variety of exercises and monitored the impact that this had on their heart rates. 

Also, they explored the impact that poor lifestyle choices had on their bodies and were able to recognise the differences between short term and long term effects on the body. 

What The Student Says

” I really liked making the edible circulatory system diagram because we got to eat it after!” (Pupil in 6NP)

” I found it really interesting watching the videos about the lungs. We saw what happened to a humans lungs if they smoke for a long time. It was gross! But also very interesting!” (Pupil in 6MB) 

” I really liked doing all of the different exercises and seeing how each one changed our heart rate.” (Pupil in 6LJ)

What skills were developed?

The children have learnt: 

  •  how to take measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision
  •  how to record data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, tables, and bar and line graphs
  • how to use test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
  •  how to use simple models to describe scientific ideas
  •  how to ask questions 
  • how to work  effectively within a group 
  • how to record and communicate findings from a scientific experiment 

What The Teacher Says

I really liked teaching this topic! I felt like the children were really engaged with their learning during this unit of work. There were lots of opportunities for them to work scientifically and to create a number of different diagrams, graphs and tables. There was also plenty of opportunity for the children to get to grips with understanding how their bodies worked. They also seemed to really engage with lessons that taught them about the impact that lifestyle choices would have on their short term and long term health. 

My favourites piece of work that children produced has got to be their diagrams of the human circulatory system. The children took a lot of care with these piece of work and produced some fantastic diagrams! (Mrs Phipps- 6NP)