How do our fingers move?

Wow! Science Day has been truly amazing and Year 6 have had the best time!

We kick-started the day by asking the question How do our fingers move? We identified different parts of our hand and clenched our fists to see what we could feel in our wrists. After some asking and answering some questions, we learnt that our tendons help to move our fingers. This is because the muscle in our wrists contracts which then pulls on our tendons, which consequently makes our finger bones (or phalanges!) move. 

To represent our understanding of this, we then made a paper model of a hand. We had to create joints in the fingers to allow the hand to bend, attach straws to the fingers to represent the phalanges and thread a piece of string through the bones which acted as tendons (this part was really tricky and fiddly but the children showed great resilience).  When we pulled on the string, each finger would move. Just like what happens to our real fingers when our muscles contract!

After our class experiment, Year 6 then went off to try out lots of other experiments with our KS2 teachers. They learnt all about balance with Mrs Butler, carried out a dissection with Mr Prior and explored different types of bones with Miss Hutton. At the end of the day, they came back to class excited to share everything they had learnt and what a fun day they had. It was also lovely to hear how fantastic their behaviour was across the day – well done everyone!

Mr Prior would also like to say a special well done to Ellie-Belle and Ayla who were the only two pupils KS2 to successfully dissect every part of a chicken wing and label it correctly during his science lesson.

Thank you to Mrs Butler for organising such an inspiring day!

Miss Savage


One comment on “How do our fingers move?

  1. What a great activity, Samuel loved making the moving hand today!

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