Creative Teaching & Learning

Bringing DNA to Life in the Primary Years

Abstract concepts relating to DNA can be challenging for students. Dr Mandy Hartley offers a framework for teaching it in primary school, allowing students to visualise and engage with DNA, laying a strong foundation for curiosity and inquiry.

Why is it important for children to learn about DNA?

Working with DNA is of huge importance in the modern world. It enables us to identify why people get ill, develop gene targeted drugs, eradicate diseases like malaria, ensure babies are born without cancer-causing genes, create crops to feed the world, answer questions about the past, catch criminals, bring back lost species and learn more about life on earth than has ever been previously possible.

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