Millside, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO25 4SR

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Kilham Church Of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

"Encourage one another and build each other up." (Thessalonians 5.11)

Pig Heart Dissection


The children in years 5 and 6 were joined by Mrs Pilgrim and Mrs Hayes, members of the biology department from Driffield Secondary School to launch their new topic for this term BloodHeart

The children became scientists for the day and spent time reviewing key knowledge about the heart, looked at a set of lungs inflating and then spent time dissecting a pig or lamb’s heart, before labelling all of the key parts. On behalf of all of the staff in  Kilham school can we just say a big thank you to Driffield Secondary School for allowing their staff to organise and support the day.

Year 6 report

On the 4th of February, classes 4 and 5 dissected pig hearts as part of our topic, Bloodheart. It was an amazing scientific experience and was very fun, but slightly gory! Mrs Hayes and Mrs Pilgrim from Driffield Secondary School’s biology department came in and demonstrated how to properly dissect the heart with specialised tools. During the dissection we wore plastic aprons, rubber gloves and protective goggles. Some people wore medical masks because of the strong, mouldy, horrible smell. When we were finished cutting open the heart we labelled the 4 chambers (left atrium, right atrium, left ventricle and right ventricle) and the veins and arteries. We were also shown pigs lungs which the biology teacher tried to blow up like a balloon. Report by O Smallwood.

Year 5 report

The biology teachers from Driffield Secondary School, came to our school to show us how to dissect pig hearts and teach us about the heart. First of all, we were asked to write facts we already knew about the heart on a post-it note. Some children wrote about the deoxygenated blood being blue and oxygenated being red, we learnt that we don’t have blue blood, but that is how it is shown on pictures.

Next Mrs Hayes showed us some pig lungs which were still attached to the heart. She cut off the heart and showed us the lungs and the trachea (windpipe). We saw that there was cartilage inside supporting the windpipe. (Cartilage is what the outside of your ear is made of.) Then she used a tube to blow air into the lungs and we could see the lungs expand and inflate.

After showing us the pig lungs, we wrote on labels the names of the four chambers of the heart.  We then had to get geared up (goggles, aprons and gloves) The tools we used were called: tweezers, scissors and a sharp-pointed poker (a dowel for short. )

Next we had to hold the heart! Mrs Hayes told us to firstly hold the heart and examine it! Then she told us to use our tools to dissect the heart using scissors. When we cut open the heart we had to study the parts inside of the heart. We thought it was really interesting to see what was inside of the heart and we were astonished that there wasn’t a lot of blood inside.

Then we stuck the label flags in the heart to locate where blood pumps around the body and how it gets through the heart, up through the chambers and out of the aorta.

Finally, we had to take all of our gear off and tidy up the mess.

By Phoebe B and Will R