Biology KS3 & KS4: The human heart

Using 3D CGI images, we see the movement of blood through the chambers of the heart and also the pacemaker cells.

Following the initial sequences, the story focuses on the case of a young mum who is having open heart surgery.

It shows real-life images of the surgery and a real beating heart.

It also shows how the mum's pacemaker cells restart her heart after the surgery.

This clip is from the series Inside the Human Body.

Teacher Notes

The 3D footage brings the topic to life and would enhance any lesson on 'the heart' as the images are visually engaging.

The real life story brings the science to life and could link with students doing experiments, listening to one another's hearts or taking pulses.

Students need to be mature enough to deal with the real-life images of surgery, but assuming they are, this could link to an animal heart dissection activity in the classroom or to them making their own models of the heart.

It also links to discussions about how science works - the use of medical intervention like the heart-lung machine and artificial pace makers.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Biology at KS3 and KS4/GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 in Scotland. Appears in AQA, OCR, EDEXCEL, CCEA, WJEC, SQA

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