Whilst most teenage girls were opening up their Valentine’s Day cards, Year 10 girls at Bruton School for Girls were getting to grips with hearts in a very different way when they took part in a heart dissection demonstration!
As part of their GCSE Biology studies, a huge ox heart was used to demonstrate all the intricacies of the workings of the heart chambers and main blood vessels. Mrs Sue Smith, Head of Biology, explained:
“The girls were enthralled to see the heart in all its glory with the aorta, vena cava, pulmonary vessels and heart chambers all clearly visible at close quarters. They all said how much it helped their studies to have such a practical way of understanding the structure and mechanism of the heart”.
Bruton School for Girls has built up a strong reputation for a high proportion of girls studying STEM subjects (sciences, maths and technology) at GCSE and A Level with 65% of girls currently studying sciences and maths in the Sixth Form.
In the recent National Biological Sciences competition organised by the National Society of Biology, nine A-level Biologists took part and were challenged to answer a number of questions over a two hour long paper on all aspects of plant, animal and micro-biology. The girls did incredibly well, coming away with two silver medals and three bronze medals.
Mrs Smith added that it was always fun to tie a topical element into each lesson: “As a teacher you always aim to share the excitement and passion for a subject and to find new ways to bring lessons to life – and I think the heart dissection is one lesson they won’t forget easily!”