Most children are fascinated by blood so you can imagine the excitement when Year 6 found out that they would be investigating how blood is made up by creating their very own! First, we researched the four main components of blood. Next, working collaboratively, we made our own blood using a wide range of resources. We used yellow food colouring to represent plasma - we found out that this accounts for over 55% of our blood! We then used cereal and red food colouring to represent the red blood cells - we discovered that these carry oxygen throughout the body. We added white marshmallows to represent the white blood cells - these help protect our body against infection. Finally, we used purple pompoms to represent platelets, which help our blood clot to heal wounds. As a result, the children had a great time and were able to remember the components of blood and their functions in an engaging activity!
By Greg Scott
Year 6 Falcons Teacher