Human Body

This resource, aimed at primary learners, contains three lessons on skeleton and muscles, digestion and circulation. An interactive simulation, 'Inside the Human Body', explores each of the systems demonstrating their structure and function. It also provides interactive games which support the activities.

  • The skeleton-muscular system: Through a series of activities children identify the key features of the skeleton and investigate the functions of the skeletal and the muscular system. Children design structures which provide support and compare them to different bones in the body. Investigating the protective qualities of different structures they then compare their design to various parts of the skeleton. They then create models of pairs of muscles and show how they work antagonistically to produce movement of the forearm round the elbow joint. Children arrange the bones of the body to build a skeleton using the 'Build a Body' game.
  • The Digestive System: Children identify different parts of the digestive system and find out about the functions they perform in the process of digestion. Looking at the structure and function of the mouth, oesophagus, small intestine and large intestine they simulate the physical and chemical breakdown of food as it goes through the digestive system; describing what happens to it as it is broken down. Children can test their nutrition knowledge with the 'Power up Your Body' game.
  • The Circulatory System: In this activity children identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and explore the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. Starting with children’s existing ideas about the circulatory system, they then locate parts of the circulatory system within the body and find out about their structure and function.

Provided by Siemens, it includes a presentation illustrating the teaching points, notes on running the activities, related worksheets and interactive simulations and games.

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Hello - has anybody else had problems opening the Siemans "Inside the Human Body" website?


Thanks, that works!


Has anyone else found that the videos in the digestive system section don't play?

Anna Richardson

Hello sjhk27,

We are aware that the digestive system video is not currently playing. We are waiting for the resource provider to send us the relevant video file. Once we have received it we will update the resource. Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Rachel Welsh

Hello, I am struggling to get open anything on the interactive model. I have tried the other link suggested in the comments but unfortunately it just stays stuck on the main screen and i can't open the mri or xray or even the tabs focusing on the parts of the skeleton.