Element: Air - Respiratory system

This week’s learning focuses on understanding how the respiratory system works in humans and animals. Our young people have been exploring this by labelling diagrams of human and insect respiratory systems, using labels such as bronchioles, trachea, alveoli and spiracles. They have also used this knowledge to sort an array of animals into different categories based on whether they breathe through their skin, lungs, gills or spiracles. Some wonderful lung paintings have also been created by some of our young people.

Another way we have been exploring our topic for this half term, air, is by creating paintings by blowing through straws. One activity involved putting lots of watered-down paint onto a piece of card and then blowing the paint around with a straw, this created some amazing artwork.