Jeans for Genes Day
Free downloadable resources for Jeans for Genes Day, designed to bring your PSHE, science and genetics curricula to life. The resources include compelling films, teacher’s notes & worksheets.
Bring genetics to life in the classroom with free resources for key stages 1-4
Their free resources are all linked to the national PSHE, science and genetics curricula and include a series of compelling four minute films that introduce pupils to children living with genetic disorders. Designed to bring genetics to life, each film includes accompanying teachers’ notes, activity sheets and discussion ideas, plus ready-made assemblies to download.
How you can use them
Their resources recognise that addressing issues linked to genes and genetics with pupils of all ages can be challenging so they have developed a number of resources to help make this possible in a fun and engaging way, illustrating with personal stories.
Their resources will help you cover a range of topics in the PSHE curriculum including inheritance,human health, acceptance and tolerance of difference, and the impact of stereotypes. They will also help cover genes and genetics raised in the science curriculum providing plenty of opportunities to learn about DNA, blood cells and bones and joints.
They will also enable you to help your pupils understand the profound implications that breakthroughs in genetics could have for children and families affected by genetic disorders.
There are seven films to choose from, illustrating a variety of genetic disorders including Sickle Cell Anaemia, Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia, Achondroplasia (or restricted growth / dwarfism), Cockayne syndrome, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and Brittle Bone Disease. Plus a fun and easy to understand animation film that explains the influence that genes have on our everyday lives.
Their educational resources have been developed in consultation with Nowgen (A Centre for Genetics in Healthcare) based in Manchester and have been reviewed by their teacher advisory board and piloted with schools.The Progress Educational Trust, a public engagement charity specialised in generating debate about issues surrounding genetics have also provided advice and feedback on the development of these resources, helping them to ensure that they are providing up to date and valuable resources that work perfectly with the national curriculum.
About Jeans for Genes day
Jeans for Genes Day raises money for Genetic Disorders UK, children’s charity that aims to change the world for children with genetic disorders. One of their missions is to promote understanding and acceptance through education. They work to increase awareness and understanding of genetics, what it means to be affected by a genetic disorder and the differences our genes create.
Download our resources here: www.genesareus.org