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Science Alive! The Body Owner’s Guidebook

Suitable for: 7-11 years (Key stage 2), 11-14 years (Key stage 3), Teachers

This fact book is an essential guide to the amazing human body and how it works. Heath professional and broadcaster Dr Christian Jessen will take you on a tour of the body, inside and out. Discover what happens when we eat, how we move, why men and women are different, and more. This fact book may support subjects in the National Curriculum and is great as an educational resource in class. Also suitable for home-schooling, homework-help, project work, independent learning and reading for pleasure. Please note that this pack includes information on the human reproductive system.

Listen to an audio clip

These bones are known as vertebrae. Thirty three of them join together to form the strong, flexible support which is your backbone or spine. The bones in the top of the spine are in your neck and they support your head. The rest of the spine curves in a gentle S shape to the bottom of your back, but you can't feel all of it on the tactile picture as it is running behind the ribcage. We will come back to the bottom end of the spine later.
To prevent the bones of your spine rubbing against one another they are cushioned by flexible cartilage. There's also a hole in each one to allow the spinal cord to run down your back from your brain. The spinal cord has bundles of fibres called nerves which act rather like electric wires. They carry instructions from your brain to other parts of your body. For example, if you want to lift your foot to kick a ball, your brain sends a signal down your spinal cord to the muscles in your leg.

What's inside

  • Dr Christian Jessen in studio, holding a script and smiling.
  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • A large print colour image pack.
  • Guidance notes for parents and teachers to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Major Body Organs
Skeleton and muscles
Heart and lungs
Digestive system
Eye and ear
Reproductive organs

What our members say

Wonderful resource There is nothing else out there like this resource. The detail of the images is fabulous. We used a life size skeleton in class so my student was able to interact with the lesson using the book. Having access to that was really special. We also cut open a real heart, the pack was used as an aid to recall the lesson. Thank you so much May
Highly recommend This pack is a very useful classroom resource. It was clear but with not over complicated diagrams. The section on the heart was especially enjoyed and having reference to the pack supported the students writing on the subject. Library Member

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