Primary Schools Programme
The Primary Schools Programme provides free, exciting and new innovative learning resources for pupils and teachers. We currently offer four lessons for Year 5 & 6 pupils. This off-the-shelf programme covers all of the heart and circulatory system specification points on the Key Stage 2 curriculum.
Using the latest technology – computer games, augmented reality 3D graphics and Virtual Reality headsets – Year 5 and 6 pupils are taken on a journey through the heart they will not forget!
We provide outstanding and engaging lessons that are easy to deliver. Test scores and progress are automatically recorded throughout the lessons and results have shown large improvements in knowledge and understanding, as well as a high level of enjoyment and satisfaction with the children.
What do Teachers think about the Schools Programme resources?
“We have had an absolutely amazing time with really high-quality learning. Thank you so much, you have had a real impact on the education of my class!”
“The children have loved having the kit and the science coordinator does not want to give it back! Thanks again”.
There are four lessons available, all with virtual reality and computer games to reinforce learning:
1 – Understanding the Heart: covers the structure and function of the heart, as well as an introduction to the circulatory system and the process of blood oxygenation/deoxygenation. During the games, pupils will take the view of a red blood cell as it moves through the heart answering questions to demonstrate their learning as they go.
2 – Physical Activity and the Heart: involves games where the pupils match the correct heart rate to the correct activity. This helps them with the KS2 concept that when your body is working harder your muscles need more oxygen so your heart has to pump more blood. We also have an activity where pupils learn how to measure their heart rate and do an experiment to see how their heart rate changes when they engage in physical activity.
3 – Healthy Eating and the Heart: involves a supermarket shopping game where pupils receive points for making healthier food and drink choices. The lesson covers cholesterol, blood pressure and the Eatwell Guide.
4 – Making Healthy Choices: the computer game included in the lesson centres around peer pressure, alcohol and influences from family, advertising and smoking. The lesson also covers the importance of sleep as well as helping pupils to develop their understanding of stress and anxiety.
Join other Primary Schools across the UK accessing our new and exciting free lessons
Once you have registered for your Teacher Account, you will gain access to our Teaching Hub Website. Here you will find all the resources (Worksheets, booklets, lesson slides etc) that you will need to deliver the lesson. Here you can also download a teacher resource pack that goes through all aspects from setting up the lesson, delivering the content slides and answering common questions asked by pupils.
Once you have registered, you will gain access to our Teaching Hub website. Here you will find all the resources (Worksheets, booklets, lesson slides etc) that you will need to deliver the lesson. Here you will also find the teacher resource packs that goes through all aspects from setting up the lesson, delivering the content slides and answering common questions asked by pupils.
As well as downloading the teacher resource pack that includes a step-by-step guide of how to run the lesson, once you log in to the Teacher Hub website you will find a ‘How to tutorial for Teachers’ on the notice board. Watch this video to understand how to set up and run the lesson from the site. If you are still experiencing difficulties you can get in touch with us at HRUK-Schools@heartresearch.org.uk
Heart Research UK lessons require an active internet connection where lesson content is accessed using an internet browser on your classroom computers. Unfortunately, if you do not have access to computers you will be unable to use our resources. You do not need to have your own virtual reality headsets to run the lesson as this is something we provide for you.
Within the Teacher Resource Pack we provide you with a step by step guide for how to use the virtual reality headsets. Within each of the lesson content presentations for each lesson there is also a video to be played for the pupils on how to use the headsets safely.
On your Teacher Hub account you will find a tab called ‘Bookings’ under this tab you can make a booking when you will receive the virtuality headsets. The length of time you can have the virtual reality headsets is determined by the number of pupils, lessons and classes you have. When making a booking a £200 deposit is required to secure the booking. Make sure you have your card details to hand before choosing your preferred booing dates.
Each lesson takes 90 – 120 minutes to run. All of the lessons are set up so that you don’t have to do everything in one go. You may want to do the pre-lesson quiz and the lesson content the day before doing the games, worksheets and post-lesson quiz. It’s completely up to you.