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'Ode to Physiology' Under 11 winner annouced

Apologies for the late announcement of our winner! The judge just couldn’t pick!

The under 11 winner of The Society's school’s poetry competition, 'Ode to Physiology’, is nine year old Alexander Baines from Laxton Junior School.

Congratulations to Alexander and runner up Bethan, 10, from Malborough Primary, Cardiff.

Alexander’s poem:

The process I’ve chosen is how do we see?
Do you think it’s as easy as counting to three?
No way! It’s to do with vision and light
Let’s delve a bit deeper and learn about sight.

It starts at the cornea, a clear outer skin
that bends the light rays, on their way in,
They pass through the pupil (not one at school)
A hole in the centre, now that’s pretty cool
The iris changes to regulate light,

What a clever little function to help with our sight.
The next job to do is focus the light,
And the lens changes shape with all of its might
Sending the rays to the back of the sphere
The retina sits, with rods and cones, here.
The rods give impulses that are black and white,
The cones send messages to colour your sight.

The optic nerve carries signs to the brain
To a place called the thalamus now that word’s a pain!
This then sends info to the visual cortex,
Which processes colour, shape, movement and depth?
The other parts put this info together
To give the whole picture, isn’t that clever.

Bethan’s poem:

I take an apple for my lunch,
And with my teeth go crunch, crunch, crunch,
But this is just the very start,
From its core it must depart,

And soon begin its journey south,
Though digestion commences in the mouth.

The epiglottis lets it past,
Down to my stomach, very fast,
Where gastric acid breaks it down,
Only the good mush keeps its crown,
Banished to the liver goes some nasty stuff,
Coming out as my urine once I've drunk enough.

Remember the good mush, we cannot forget,
Through my intestines it has to go yet,
First to the small one to absorb the best,
Then to the large to deal with the rest,


Interesting facts:

Sir William Laxton (c.1500-1556) was master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and a Lord Mayor of London during the reign of Henry VIII. He is the founder of Oundle School.
Laxton was born in Oundle, Northamptonshire, England, the son of John Laxton, a local...

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