BBC Bitesize, Human body for KS2, has a comprehensive section that would help support a classroom science project on the human body. It provides four topics to study: Skeletons and Muscles, Digestive System, Circulatory System and Health.
Skeletons and Muscles
This topic offers two learners guides:
It also has three class clips:
- Muscles needed for movement – How muscles work in pairs to allow for smooth movement.
- Muscles needed in exercise – How judo players use all their muscles and need to be very strong and flexible.
- Skeletons – An introduction to the skeletons of humans and other animals.
The Digestive System
This topic has five learners guides:
- What is the digestive system? Discover how the food gets into the body, through the digestive system.
- What happens to food in your mouth? Find out how the teeth and tongue help break down food before it is swallowed.
- What are the types of teeth? Find out the functions of different teeth types including canines, incisors and molars.
- What happens in your stomach? Find out about the role that the stomach plays in the digestive system.
- What happens in your intestines? Find out about the role of the small and large intestines in the digestive system.
The Circulatory System
This topic has four learners guides:
- What is the circulatory system? Find out how the circulatory system takes oxygen around the body.
- What is in your blood? Discover how blood vessels and blood cells help keep your body working.
- What are blood vessels? Inside every person is an amazing network of blood vessels. Find out how they carry blood around the body.
- How does your heart work? Find out how the heart keeps all the blood in your circulatory system flowing.
This topic has three learner guides:
- What are medicines and drugs? Discover why it’s important to be responsible around drugs.
- Why is a healthy lifestyle important? Find out why plenty of exercise, sleep and a good diet are really important for a healthy lifestyle.
- What is a balanced diet? Find out the principles of a balanced diet and learn about the four main food groups.
It also has twenty one class clips:
- Developing a new toothpaste – Developing new toothpastes means existing recipes are changed and it needs testing.
- Does eating breakfast affect concentration? – Does eating breakfast affect concentration? A survey aims to find out.
- Eating a varied diet – Why it’s important to eat different foods in order to have a varied and healthy diet.
- Edward Jenner, the discovery of the smallpox vaccine – Edward Jenner describes his discovery of the smallpox vaccine.
- Five types of food – An athlete explains the importance of healthy eating and exercise.
- Food needed by the human body – A bit like a car, the human body also needs fuel in the form of food and a balanced diet.
- Is there iron in breakfast cereal? – An experiment to prove that some breakfast cereals contain iron.
- Keeping healthy (clip compilation – no narration) – A compilation of clips based on the theme of keeping healthy.
- Lungs and keeping them healthy – The function of the lungs and how they can be damaged by smoking cigarettes.
- Sir Alexander Fleming, the discovery of penicillin – Sir Alexander Fleming describes his discovery of penicillin.
- Sir Alexander Fleming, the discovery of penicillin (signed) – Sir Alexander Fleming describes his discovery of penicillin.
- The effects of different drinks on teeth – A series of experiments looking at the effects of different drinks on teeth.
- The effects of different drinks on teeth (signed) – A series of experiments looking at the effects of different drinks on teeth.
- The importance of fitness – A look at the importance of regular exercise to stay fit and healthy.
- The importance of hand washing in food hygiene – An investigation into the best way to wash hands to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
- What do humans need to stay healthy? – An animation about how we can stay healthy and keep our bodies working at their best.
- Why animals need a healthy diet – Zookeepers talk about the diet needed to keep a gorilla and a penguin healthy.
- Why do we take medicine? – An interview with children who need to take asthma medicine regularly.
The Human Body for KS2 is a great set of videos and activities for children studying the human body.
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