Genes Are Us

These videos and supporting activities have been reviewed by teachers and piloted in schools, and are designed to increase awareness and understanding of genetic disorders and to explain how differences in our genes help to make everyone unique. By encouraging acceptance and tolerance of difference, these resources are designed to help students understand the implications that breakthroughs in genetics could have for children and families affected by genetic disorders. Although each resource can be used individually as part of an existing scheme of work, they can also form the basis of a whole school project looking at genetic disorders, health and well-being. The Genes Are Us website provides age appropriate assemblies which can be used in conjunction with the resources to think about bullying or genetics. These resources, from Genes Are Us, were developed in partnership with Nowgen, the Progress Educational Trust and Wellcome Trust.

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Ashley's Story

From Genetic Disorders UK, these resources look at how eleven year old Ashley lives with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a genetic disorder which affects facial features. The film and activities in this collection are linked to the following curriculum areas:

* Key Stage Two science: understanding personal...

Luke's Story

From Genetic Disorders UK, these resources explore Huntington’s disease and the implications of predictive testing through the eyes of seventeen year old Luke. The film and activities in this collection are linked to the following curriculum areas:

* Human health is affected by a range of environmental and...

Ryan's Story

From Genetic Disorders UK, these resources look at how cystic fibrosis affects the life of sixteen year old Ryan. The film and activities in this collection are linked to the following curriculum areas:

* The ways in which organisms function are related to the genes in their cells.

* Human health is...

From Genetic Disorders UK, these resources look at the function of the skeleton and how brittle bone disease can affect people’s lives. The film and activities in this collection are linked to the following curriculum areas:

* Key Stage One science: ourselves; human variation.
* Key Stage Two science...

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