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Lesson in a Box - Digestive System session

Using a Curiscope virtual T-shirt to learn about the human anatomyAnalysing the teeth of herbivores and carnivores using dinosaur skulls

The Digestive System Lesson in a Box has been designed for use with a class of up to 30 pupils in Years 3 or Year 4 and is delivered by the University of Warwick Biology Society (BioSoc). This is an interactive workshop that takes place in school and consists of different activities. Sessions last for up to an hour and may include a demonstration to mimic the passing of food through the human digestive system, investigating the organs in the human body, using a Curiscope virtual T-shirt to explore the human anatomy and investigating the differences between carnivores and herbivores by analysing teeth.

These sessions are an engaging and fun way for primary school children to learn about and consolidate their understanding of the digestive system and organs. By participating in hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations, pupils can gain a better understanding of how the food they eat is processed by their bodies and the importance of good nutrition.

All materials are provided by BioSoc and the workshop is led by our talented Student Ambassadors.

The Digestive System session takes place in a classroom environment and is accompanied by a presentation which uses a projector or interactive whiteboard.  A Q&A session takes place at the end of the workshop.  

Learning about the function of organsPositioning organs on an outline of the human body

Further information

We have a range of digital resources, which teachers or parents can use in school or at home.

You can register for our monthly newsletter by visiting this page and completing the online form.

Alternatively, you can contact the team by emailing brightstars at warwick dot ac dot uk.

Arranging a session

If you are interested in arranging a session, or if you would like additional information, please contact brightstars at warwick dot ac dot uk with the following details:

  • Name of school
  • Address (including school postcode)
  • Telephone number
  • Name of teacher
  • Email address for correspondence
  • Preferred date(s) and time
  • Year group
  • Number of pupils

Please note that there must be a member of school staff present throughout the workshop for supervision and behaviour management of the pupils.

If you are able to provide us with a range of possible dates and times, it is more likely that we will be able to provide a session.


We allocate our provision for schools according to our Widening Participation indicators, with priority given to Coventry and Warwickshire schools which meet the following benchmarks:

  • Over 30% of students claiming Free School Meals
  • Over 20% of POLAR 4 Quintile 1 Students
  • Over 40% of IMD Quintile 1-2 students (Index of Multiple Deprivation)
  • Less than 70% of students reaching expected standards in reading, writing and maths at the end of key stage 2.