Screenshot of The Great Plant Hunt website

Further resources and activities on populations

As well as our ‘Big Picture’ content, the Wellcome Trust has funded many other organisations to produce the following activities and resources that will engage and educate young people on the topic of populations

Living Links to Human Evolution

Study primate behaviour to find out what triggers communication in different populations. Download lesson packs with full resources for investigating animal behaviour, their communication and data analysis.
Great for: 1114, 1416, 1619, projects

Maths and Our Health

How does maths affect our health in real life? Use these multimedia packs to understand the real-world context of mathematics in biomedicine, such as epidemics and risk.
Great for: 11
14, 1416, 1619

The Great Plant Hunt

This resource includes a range of Darwin-inspired practical activities for younger pupils, including activities for exploring habitats, collecting seeds and growing plants, with dedicated teachers’ and kids’ pages.
Great for: 5
7, 711

The Mobile Family Science Laboratory

Find exciting ideas for creative hands-on biomedical science experiments and activities to discover more about the different microbial populations on our bodies.
Great for: 11
14, 1416, 1619

The World of Microbiology

Discover the amazing hidden world of microorganisms and their roles in health and disease through introductory videos and presentations you can download.
Great for: 11
14, 1416, 1619

Smallpox Through Time

Learn about the history of medicine and smallpox in these 13 videos, created for the BAFTA-nominated series Timelines TV, which chart how science enabled smallpox to be eradicated.

Great for: 1114, 1416, 1619

Fabulous images

Search the Wellcome Trust image library for images of different populations  great for discussions, stimulating debate, lesson starters, research and more! Explore the Science for schools lightboxes for images specifically related to DNA.

Further high-quality resources

You can find a wealth of additional resources in the National STEM Centre e-library. Search by keyword and filter the results by age group, subject, type of resource, etc. Explore the library to find topic lists and resources pre-selected to match curriculum areas or age groups.

For teachers and support staff

The Science Learning Centres provide a range of excellent continuing professional development (CPD) courses to help develop your career as a teacher, leader or member of support staff. Generous bursaries from Project ENTHUSE cover most of the costs of many courses delivered at the National Science Learning Centre in York, making this CPD easily affordable for those in mainstream education in the UK.

If you’d like support from colleagues, need advice on the latest developments or just want to share your ideas, browse the National STEM Centre and join the online communities.

Lead image:

The Great Plant Hunt CC BY NC ND

About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Populations’ in June 2014.

Health, infection and disease
Education levels:
5–7, 7–11, 11–14, 14–16, 16–19, Independent research projects, Undergraduate, Continuing professional development