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Every hour someone in Ireland suffers from a stroke.
Every day, hundreds of Irish people are diagnosed with heart disease. - Irish Heart Foundation

The following collection consists of presentations, lesson activities, animations and video clips to help students learn about the heart. Resources tie into the Junior Cycle Science Biological Science strand, learning outcome 4.  

Science on Screen trailer for the documentary 'A Tiny Spark'.
This documentary is about groundbreaking research being done by neuroscientist Dr. Karen Doyle at CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices at NUI Galway.

For the first time ever they are analysing thousands of stroke-causing blood clots collected from patients around the world. These little bundles of cells could carry a wealth of information, which could point to big improvement to people's lives.

You might also like CÚRAM's lesson pack on the effects of exercise on the heart and blood vessels.

The Heart

https://www.scoilnet.ieuploads/resources/29110/28846.pptx Added: 06 Feb 2019 Contributor: Aoife McDonnell Resource type:

PowerPoint presentation with lesson activities on the structure and function of the heart, measuring your heart rate and the modern diagnostic techniques used by doctors in detecting heart conditions. By the end of this double class lesson, students should be able to describe the structure and function of the heart, explain the role of the heart and blood vessels in the circulatory system and appreciate the role of science in society.

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How it maps to the curriculum


Strand: 5. Biological Science

Strand unit: 4. Human Organs & Systems

Suggestions for use: Use the presentation to guide the lesson through the lesson activities mentioned within.

Key Skills: Communicating Managing Information and Thinking Literacy Managing Myself

SESE Science

Strand: Living Things

Strand unit: Human Life

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • Human life processes
  • develop a simple understanding of the structure of some of the body's major internal and external organs
Asset type: Presentation
Rights: All rights reserved
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ABPI Animations

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) website provides teachers and students with high quality, free, curriculum related, interactive resources containing animations and diagrams.

Measuring your Heart Rate

The following videos demonstrate how and where students can locate their pulse and measure their heart rate.

To check your pulse at your wrist, place two fingers between the bone and the tendon over your radial artery — which is located on the thumb side of your wrist. When you feel your pulse, count the number of beats in 15 seconds. Multiply this number by four to calculate your beats per minute. Source: Mayo Clinic

The following three videos were created by the Irish Heart Foundation and they demonstrate very clearly how students and teachers can measure their heart rate.

How does Exercise Affect your Heart Rate? 

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. In these episodes, Professor Brian Cox studies how our heart rate responds to different situations and why it is important for us to understand these changes. 

Science Technology in Action

Science Technology in Action supports the teaching and learning of science related subjects using industry led lessons. Each lesson can be used by all teachers in second level schools. Here are four STA lessons around the heart. 

CPR 4 Schools

CPR 4 Schools is a programme for post primary schools supported by the Irish Heart Foundation and the Bank of Ireland. CPR 4 Schools gives students the confidence to perform hands-only CPR, use an AED and know what to do when someone is choking. The programme fits nicely into Wellbeing and there is also a Transition Year (TY) programme which can be used for the Young Social Innovators (YSI) or An Gasice programmes. 
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