Junior scientists examine pigs’ eyes to learn more about light

Pupils examining pigs' eyes

Scientists in year six furthered their knowledge of light when they learned about how the signals are sent to the brain – by taking a close-up look at pigs’ eyes.

The lesson came after our pupils had completed their own research on light, and with pigs’ eyes being built similarly to those of humans they are an ideal choice to dissect to help gain a greater understanding of how they work.

Pupil examining pigs eyeDuring the lesson, Mr Johnson used a scalpel to delicately separate the parts of the eye before passing them around the class for everybody to see (and feel!) everything from the lens to the optic nerve.

Even though it was a slightly more gruesome lesson than our pupils are used to, it proved to be a particularly fascinating one! Afterwards, Linton Armstrong in Y6T told us how much he enjoyed it:

It was great actually because I don’t think I’ll get a chance to touch a pig’s eye again!

When I touched it, the pig’s eye felt delicate. I got to look at the different parts of the eye, like the lens and vitreous gel which nourishes and protects the retina.

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