Science KS2: How the human body grows

Zoe talks us through the process of human life, using graphics to show how we grow inside the womb.

Brother and sister Jamie and Ella are used to show how children grow, and we hear how bones grow longer until we are aged about 25, by cartilage cells in growth plates increasing in number.

Zoe explains further changes to the human body throughout our lives, caused by injury, illness, changes in weight, childbirth and ageing.

We hear how Jamie and Ella's parents have given them each half of their genes, which means they inherit features from them.

The class draw pictures to represent the features they have inherited from their parents.

This short film is from the BBC series, Amazing Me.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could create a drawing of themselves and describe their eye colour, skin colour, etc.

Ask them to draw a picture of their mother or father and describe the features they have inherited.

They could look at famous people such as the Spanish royal family in Velazquez’s 18th century paintings as an extreme example.

Pupils could make a collage of famous families and see what they have inherited through the generations.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching the topic of the human body at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Second Level in Scotland.

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How do muscles and bones work?
Respiration - how is oxygen transported round the body?
Teeth - how they help animals eat
How our circulatory system keeps us alive
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