Architecture of the Brain




What do the different parts of the brain do? [Key Stages 2-4]

Opening Questions

What are the main parts of the brain called?

Do you think different parts of the brain do different things?


Play the audience the following powerpoint, asking them to guess what each structure does before revealing the answer.




Discussion Points

Q: Why do you think the brain has two symmetrical hemispheres?

A: Nobody really knows but this is useful if one gets damaged because sometimes the other side can take over. For instance, if a blow to the head damages your parietal lobe on the left side it might be that the parietal lobe on your right side can take over.