5 school trip ideas... The Human Body

Date Posted: 07/09/2014

Pictured: From the Chew to the Poo workshop at Eureka.

Films, workshops and Science sessions across the country to fit in with the Human Body Biology topic.

1. Centre of the Cell

Centre of the Cell in London is a Science education centre located within biomedical research laboratories.

The experience includes KS2 to KS5 curriculum-linked interactive games grounded in cell biology and the research happening in the labs below and around the world.

The interactive games are enhanced by the films projected onto the ceiling of the centre’s Pod, suspended above the laboratories, which introduce the concepts of cell biology and medical research.

Students can grow virtual cells to enable experiments in biomedical research; learn about stem cells for research into burns treatments; explore real body parts and examine cancerous tissues using microscopes. 

2. Human Body IMAX film at the Science Museum

Made in partnership with the BBC and narrated by Professor Sir Robert Winston, this film explores biological processes within the human body.

The film is seen through a day in the life of a family, including a teenager and his pregnant aunt.

Follow the digestion of food from the mouth to the stomach, see body heat, witness sperm racing to an egg, watch hair growing and cringe at a spot being squeezed, all on a screen taller than four double-decker buses.

Human Body supports Science at KS2, KS3 and KS4, in particular life processes and living things. It is also relevant to Biology and Human Biology at post-16.

3. Workshops at the Life Science Centre

The Life Science Centre in Newcastle offers a number of Science sessions from KS1 to A-Level.

Tantalise pupils’ taste buds, harness their hearing, stimulate their sense of smell, trick their touch and astound their eyes in the Your Senses workshop.

The new A Question of Taste workshop, explores the links between students' phenotypic ability to taste PTC and their TAS2R38 (bitter taste receptor) genotype.

We also examine the ability of chimpanzees to taste PTC which is an interesting example of convergent evolution.

The workshop includes DNA isolation from cheek cells, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), restriction enzyme digests, gel electrophoresis and a discussion activity about evolution and natural selection and as such is relevant to all courses with DNA technology or evolution content.

4. Healthy Bodies at AT Bristol

At-Bristol's KS2 workshops are available throughout the academic year.

The Healthy Bodies session takes students on an adventure through the human body to follow the journey of our food.

The workshop uses investigations and demonstrations to help children think about the roles of the teeth, the stomach and the intestines in breaking down the food that we eat.

Throughout this lively and interactive workshop pupils will also think about what they can do to keep themselves healthy.

Extensive teacher resources to support this workshop are provided after your visit.

5. Chew to poo and the Gross Lab at Eureka

Chew to the poo at Eureka for Reception, KS1 and KS2, engages children’s senses with a variety of activities connecting with food.

Children will learn about the digestive system through the journey of a banana and peanut butter sandwich and discover how important vitamins are to our health.

For KS1 and KS2, the Gross Lab Science Show allows children to explore the ‘ickier’ (but very important) side of the human body.

Take a look at what happens when you cut yourself, find out what saliva is for, why we burp (and poo) and help us to make fake poo, snot and sick.


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