We Are Cellular

Could we explore the science of cells through the artform of poetry?

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60 minutes

Cells are the smallest unit of life, meaning that every living thing is made of cells. This interdisciplinary lesson plan for pupils aged 11–18 considers cells – with a focus on a new poem by Jack Cooper about the discovery of cells by Robert Hooke in 1665.

The eight-page PDF resource contains discussion and writing prompts to explore such varied topics as how cells migrate, why poets use simile and metaphor, and why names can be powerful. It also invites pupils to create their own poem inspired by cell biology.

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Curriculum links

English: Writing & Reading Composition
Science: Working Scientifically, Structure & Function of Living Organisms (KS3), Cell Biology (KS4)
Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5

Northern Ireland:
Language & Literacy: Writing & Reading
Science & Technology: Organisms & Health
Key Stages: KS3, KS4, KS5

Languages: Literacy & English – Writing & Reading
Sciences: Biological Systems
Levels: Third/Fourth Level, Senior Phase

Languages, Literacy & Communication: Literature
Science & Technology: Being Curious, The World Around Us
Progression Steps: PS4, PS5, A levels