Thanks to Dr. Sighakoli (Community Physician) who visited Year 6 to help us explore and learn about heart dissections. In Year 6 (Ezra Class) we sourced a sheep’s heart for children to handle and dissect with adult supervision. We identified the external features including the major blood vessels such as the aorta and vena cava.
We sliced the heart using surgical knives and scissors, to reveal the internal features including the atria, ventricles, valves and the cord-like chordae tendineae or heartstrings.
We used photographs taken during the dissection experience to recall what we did and found out about the heart. Discussing about how it felt to be real life scientists carrying out a dissection, and consider why scientists dissect organs was interesting.
Dr. Sighakoli explained why dissection is important, showed the features using the correct scientific vocabulary, and explained how the structures of the heart connect together.