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Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 

Human body workshop

Learn about the skeleton, muscles and circulatory system in a workshop split between the classroom and a PE session in the hall 



National Curriculum suggested year group:



Duration (for single class, multiple classes normally share a day with one or two sessions each):

Single session (so better for a full Key Stage through the day)

NC objectives covered:

Various - whilst the workshop is based on the skeleton and circulatory system it is a general celebration and examination of the range of movement and unique design of the human body compared to other animals.

How does the human skeletal system support the body in its daily work and how do our muscles, heart and joints work together with it to make sure that our bodies function correctly through all the challenges we put it through?  


We investigate these questions in this combined class-based and PE workshop, making links between the science of the way the body operates and its performance during excercise, as witnessed by the pupils when they undertake varying sports 'stations' while studying models of the actual joints being used.


Though the workshop is a perfect match for the Y3 skeleton/muscles and the Y6 circulatory system topics it is suitable for any classes who need an underpinning of their knowledge of the human body in general, from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2.


In addition, the PE element means that it is probably one of the only science workshops available that you can fund via your school sports premium under the justification "..use of the premium gives pupils the opportunity to develop a healthy lifestyle." (DfE Sports Premium Terms 2014) meaning it is a workshop that is sure to match all your needs in terms of health and fitness, scientific knowledge, and, of course, your school budget :)

pupils taking part in our key stage 1 and key stage 2 human body primary science workshop

Activities in this human Body primary workshops

(differentiated between the KS1 and KS2 versions as required)

1) Whole group human body presentation

pupil measuring his hand against a skeleton in a human body science workshop

The workshop starts with all the pupils together for a general overview of the human body based around our friendly skeleton, Stanley, differentiated for either Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.


This includes highlights such as a fun quiz about the bones of the body, viewing actual xrays on our medical light box, looking at models of the main joints and the heart, and (one of the pupil favourites) examining fingernails, hair and skin on their own bodies at 400x magnification on our computerised microscope.


Depending on your needs, we can also makes links with animals using our mini animal xrays, and also evolution (for the new Y6 topic) in an adapted version of this workshop called Evolution and Inheritance, which also includes fossils.

2) A PE session with a difference!

The rest of the day is spent with each class in turn taking part in our PE stations activity, where each station is focused on a specific joint in the body, accompanied by working models for the children to explore as they do the excercises.


This activity is differentiated for Key Stage 1 and 2, and makes a real tangible connection between the science of how the body works and its performance during excercise.


The most interesting aspect of this is that all pupils, regardless of age, show interest in investigating the joints and can often be noticed independently discussing the joints and comparing them alongside the specific excercise they are doing.   

pe session year 5 human body
measuring findgerprints human body science workshop