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Human Body, Reading and Tessellation

Part of the series Great Primary Lesson Ideas

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Three teachers bring KS2 maths, science and literacy to life for Year 3 and Year 4 pupils, as their creative, cross-curricular lesson plans include using music and dance to teach anatomy and tessellation.

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Music can be used to teach human anatomy to Year 4 pupils, as shown by Kirsten Graham, Key Stage 2 teacher at Horfield Primary School in Bristol. Using the song Dem Bones, the class discovers basic anatomy and then learns the matching scientific terms. Finally Kirsten gives the pupils a puzzle of paper bones which they piece together to make a human skeleton.

In a maths lesson on tessellation, Kirsten encourages learning of shapes, space and measures by setting her Year 4 pupils the challenge of creating their own tessellated picture. She then introduces two songs and the children learn that music can also be tessellated.

Rachel Milsom and Charlotte Butcher bring their Year 3 classes together and, using the text The Village that Vanished, the children re-enact scenes through dance. With feedback and group assessment the pupils gain a better understanding of the text.


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Outline for teaching skeletal structure through music

Lesson plan for the reading class

Synopsis of the Village that Vanished story

Lesson plan for the tessellation class

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