Free teaching resources from Jeans for Genes Day

Free teaching resources from Jeans for Genes Day

Four new, compelling films introducing children living with genetic disorders, as well as free downloadable resources.

Jeans for Genes Day have developed four new films and supporting resources to help students get to grips with the complex topics associated with genes and genetics.

Each film has accompanying teachers' notes, activity sheets and discussion ideas, as well as ready-made assemblies to download.

"These powerful new films and resources will revolutionise the way pupils learn about genes and genetics. [They] will be vital in helping pupils to be more understanding of the differences in others and really appreciate what makes us all unique."

Caroline Harding, CEO of Genetic Disorders UK

This year meet the four new young film stars sharing their personal experiences of learning to live with a genetic disorder:

  • Ashley is 11 and has Treacher Collins syndrome meaning he was born without a jaw, cheekbones and ears.  Ashley shows us how he gets around the daily challenges that his symptoms present and how he deals with the bullying that he has experienced as a result.
    www.genesareus.org/filmlibrary/ashleysstory

  • Luke's mum has Huntington's Disease and he has a 50% chance of inheriting it from her. Will he take the test when he reaches 18 to find out if he has the faulty gene?  Luke's Story shows what it's like for him to be a 17 year old grappling with such complex decisions and what impact his mum's condition has on his life. 
    View the video at www.genesareus.org/keystage4/lukesstory

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Luke and his mum (c) Genetic Disorders UK

  • 10 year old Tamilore has Sickle Cell Anaemia and often experiences debilitating pain. His limited physical health has a knock on effect on his education, hobbies and acceptance by others. Learn about the biology behind Sickle Cell Anaemia and how Tamilore copes with his condition.
    www.genesareus.org/keystage2/tamiloresstory

  • Imagine having to spend 1.5 hours every morning just to take medicine to keep you healthy.  16 year old Ryan actively chooses activities that help to alleviate his symptoms and prolong his life, from playing football to playing the trumpet. Learn what precautions Ryan has to take to keep his Cystic Fibrosis under control.
    www.genesareus.org/keystage4/ryansstory

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Created in partnership with Nowgen and The Progress Educational Trust, the newest additions to the range are suitable for Key Stages 1- 4 and are all linked to the national PSHE, science and genetics curricula. They include a series of compelling four minute films that introduce pupils to children living with genetic disorders.

Available now, you can download these videos and other resources for free at www.jeansforgenesday.org/education to start bringing genetics to life in your classroom!

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