Cells with Dr Charlotte Lee

What are cells – and how are scientists helping us to understand them better?

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60 minutes

What do cells do in our body? And how are scientists working to understand more about how our digestive system works?

In a 15-minute video for pupils aged 4–11, Dr Charlotte Lee talks about how she became a medical scientist and discusses her work on the cells of the liver – the only organ capable of regenerating itself. Using the one-page lesson plan, you can then explore how our bodies digest food by measuring out each section of our digestive system in lengths of string.

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Curriculum links

Science: Working Scientifically, Animals Including Humans (Y4–6)
Key Stages: EYFS, KS1, KS2

Northern Ireland:
The World Around Us: Interdependence
Key Stages: Foundation, KS1, KS2

Sciences: Biological Systems
Levels: Early Level, First Level, Second Level

Science & Technology: Being Curious, The World Around Us
Progression Steps: PS1, PS2, PS3