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Pupils get to the heart of the subject

St Peter's 13-18

Pupils get to the heart of the subject

Heart Dissection

Fourth Form pupils have really been getting to the 'heart' of the subject in their biology lessons this half term.

Every Easter term Fourth Form pupils dissect lambs' hearts as part of their GCSE biology curriculum, giving them an important insight into the anatomy of the human heart. 

It hasn't been possible for pupils to dissect hearts at school this year due to ongoing lockdown restrictions. Instead, six willing pupils offered to dissect hearts at home whilst their classmates observed the dissections on Zoom. 

Pupils and parents liaised with their local butchers to source the hearts and the dissections took place on kitchen tables and worktops, instead of the biology lab.

Mr Paddy Stephen, Biology Teacher at St Peter's, said: "I am incredibly grateful to the understanding parents and local butchers who made the dissections possible. The enthusiasm and commitment shown by our pupils is admirable, but it wouldn't be possible to deliver such an engaging remote learning programme without the collaboration of parents and the wider community. Remote teaching and learning really is a team effort!"

Following the lesson, a St Peter's School parent commented: "I’ve been eavesdropping on the heart dissection lesson and I’ve never seen my son so engaged. Well done to that teacher covering remote biology. Awesome job."