We are blessed to have two excellent Science teachers in Mr Nadarali and Miss Tebbutt at Highfields College. Often you will hear them in the corridors ‘scheming’ about their next practical, be that setting things on fire (safely) as part of GCSE Physics and Chemistry or mapping out the heart in a creative way as part of GCSE Biology.

Just recently Mr Nadarali took our students through a practical which involved dissecting a cow’s brain – not for the squeamish! Here is his write-up with a few photos…

“Exploring the Wonders of the Brain: Students Dive into a Fascinating Cow’s Brain Dissection

In the realm of science education, hands-on experiences often leave an indelible mark on young minds. Recently, our students embarked on a remarkable journey as they delved into the intricacies of the brain by dissecting a cow’s brain. The excitement in the classroom was palpable as they embarked on this unforgettable science lesson.

The purpose of this dissection was to gain a deeper understanding of the brain’s structure and function. While it’s not a human brain, the anatomy of a cow’s brain provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the fundamental aspects of brain biology.

The students gathered around their workstations, equipped with gloves, scalpels, and a sense of curiosity that would carry them through the entire lesson. Our dedicated science teacher, Mrs. Tebbutt, led the exploration, offering valuable insights and guidance throughout the dissection process.

The first step was to carefully examine the external features of the cow’s brain, including the cerebrum, cerebellum, and brainstem. With the guidance of Mrs. Tebbutt, students identified these key components and discussed their roles in brain function. It was an eye-opening experience for many, as they realized the intricate nature of the brain’s structure.

As the dissection continued, students made precise incisions to reveal the inner structures of the brain. The thalamus, hypothalamus, and other essential components were revealed, each sparking a new wave of questions and discussions. It was incredible to witness the students’ excitement as they connected the dots between theory and practice.

Not only did this dissection allow the students to learn about brain anatomy, but it also provided a platform for them to appreciate the importance of organ preservation and ethical considerations. They gained a deeper appreciation for the intricate balance of nature and how different species contribute to our understanding of the world.

This experience served as a reminder that science education is not just about textbooks and lectures but also about fostering a genuine passion for discovery. The cow’s brain dissection engaged our students in a unique way, igniting their curiosity and inspiring them to explore the intricate mysteries of the natural world.

In the end, the cow’s brain dissection was a resounding success, leaving our students with a memorable and invaluable experience. It exemplified the power of hands-on learning and its ability to spark a lifelong love for science. We can only imagine the future innovations and breakthroughs that may come from the brilliant minds of these young scientists as they continue to explore the wonders of the brain and beyond.”