Kate, Katie and Alicia from our group visited St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Oxford in July to talk to Year 1 pupils about genetics. The children were asked about what makes us different and think about what they have inherited from their parents. The human genome was explained using a cake recipe as an example and how this would have to be expanded to make all of the instructions needed to make a human. The children were very excited that the printed out human instructions, the genome, would stretch from their school all the way to France. Taste strips were used to show how some of the differences in our DNA can cause differences we cannot see, but taste. The afternoon finished with making DNA bracelets and eating the cake. The children were very engaged and excited and it was thoroughly enjoyable all round.
Genome based activity at a local primary school: have the cake and eat it!
12 July 2017