This week in 6 Seuss, we have looked further how nutrients are absorbed into the body and waste excreted. We recreated the digestive system in our classroom. We turned a delicious chip butty into a not so delicious poo! This is what we learned:
Our body needs food to provide it with energy ,vitamins,and minerals. However in order to eat food we must first break it down.Each stage is important and prepares the food for the next stage.The entire length of the digestive system is around 20 to 30 feet.
Here are the major stages
Chewing (mastication) is the first stage of the digestive system.When you chew your food it breaks big pieces into little pieces that are easier to digest and swallow.When you chew your food you rip it with your canines and chew with your molars.Also your saliva is more than just water.It has special enzymes in it that starts to break down starchy food (potatoes and bread).
The process of swallowing
Swallowing seems like an easy process but food doesn’t just fall down our throat.It goes through a long journey.First it goes through your oesophagus .Then it goes to your stomach but that is not it .After that it goes through your small intestine then your large intestine .After it goes through that journey it arrives at your anus and then in the toilet . That is how we digest.I hope you learnt something in this blog.
Did you know?
1.7 litres of saliva is produced every day!
NADIA AND LAMEAH