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Digestion and Nutrition - Biology




In this programme, we will use biology skills to examine the digestive system, learn about nutrition, nutrients, food groups, discuss body types and calorific requirements. Undertaking a range of investigations using new biology resources, the students will also use videos to learn new concepts. We will identify and describe the distinctive properties of digestive organs. We will begin by learning to ask scientific questions, to hypothesise, handle equipment and structure and write up investigations. Students will have the opportunity to follow their own interests in food and nutrition and conduct a practical research project of their choosing.

Investigations to include:

Food and Health diary

Effects of dehydration

Food for energy - exercise circuit training

Digestive system model

Charcoal cushions to disguise your farts!

Testing food and drinks for PH value


Learning Outcomes


  • Work collaboratively to solve problems and prove challenging hypothesises

  • Observe, measure and record biological and physical characteristics of materials

  • Explore ways in which scientists collaborate and support their ideas with evidence

  • Build on prior results and experience, thereby developing team knowledge

  • Use a range of scientific symbols, conventions and vocabulary

  • Develop active listening skills and ask appropriate questions

  • Clearly communicate thoughts and ideas  


3 hours per week for 8 weeks, in Term 4

Target Age

9 - 13 year olds


This programme is part of Science and Tech Thursdays and runs from 9-12:30 pm each week (with a 30 minute brain gym and eating break)