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Science - The Circulatory System

In our Science lessons this term, we are learning about the circulatory system.

How can we see our pulse?

We have been using blutac and cocktail sticks to see the pulse in our wrists.

What is blood made from?

We have been making models of blood.

Cheerios represented red blood cells, pasta represented white blood cells, sugar syrup represented plasma and broken cheerios represented platelets.

Interesting Fact: There are 5 million red blood cells, 10 thousand white blood cells, and 250 thousand platelets in a pinhead-size drop of blood.

How does blood move around the body?

We have taken on the role of red blood cells and explored how we move through different blood vessels and the chambers of the heart to major organs of the body. We also collected blocks to represent oxygen from the lungs to give to organs to help them function.


After our role play, we decided to create a red blood cell character called Retta and explore her adventures through the circulatory system.


First, we story mapped her adventure. We included a range of scientific vocabulary and considered the blood vessels and organs she would travel around and to.

After this, we rehearsed our narrative by stepping the story around our classroom and telling our story to our peers.

We then wrote our own Adventures of Retta the Red Blood Cell in the form of comic books. You can read a selection below.

Mrs Kennedy was astounded by our incredibly detailed stories.

We are all superb scientists! 

Who was Doctor Daniel Hale Williams and why was he an influential scientist?


Using given resources and our own research, we discovered who Doctor Daniel Hale Williams was and how he links to our current learning.

Here are some of our one-pagers which we created to educate others about this incredible person.