Further resources and activities on appearance and development

As well as ‘Big Picture’, the Wellcome Trust has funded many other organisations to produce the following activities and resources to engage young people and help them understand more about how we look

The Mobile Family Science Laboratory

Find exciting ideas for creative hands-on biomedical science experiments and activities, from cloning and DNA templates to karyotyping and sequencing.

Great for: 11–14, 14–16, 16–19

Genes Are Us

This huge range of resources for teachers helps young people learn more about genetic disorders and how differences in our genes help to make everyone unique.

Great for: 5–7, 7–11, 11–14, 14–16

DNA to Darwin

Allows students aged 16-19 to explore the molecular evidence for evolution through practical bioinformatics activities that use data analysis tools and molecular data.

Great for: 16–19, projects

Meet the Gene Machine

This is a fun, creative and comprehensive teaching package that supports discussion about the ethical and social issues of genetics through the medium of drama. Download the play script for yourself.

Great for: 14–16, 16–19

Your Genome

This resource from the Sanger Institute provides videos with leading researchers, explanatory animations, downloadable classroom activities, and up-to-date information about genetics and genomics.

Great for: 11–14, 14–16, 16–19, projects

Cell! Cell! Cell! Genetics in a Planetarium

Look out for the planetarium-style show or download amazing activities that will support understanding of DNA from cells to synthesis.

Great for: 11–14, 14–16, 16–19

Inside DNA

A unique exhibition investigating developments in the fast-moving field of human genomics and the ethical issues that they raise. Download resources and lesson plans to discuss topical issues and consider the ethics of research.

Great for: 11–14, 14–16, 16–19

Modern Genetics for Schools

Videos, debates, discussions and resources explore modern genetics and genomics. Most resources are targeted at students post-16.

Great for: 14–16, 16–19

In the Zone

Brimming with scientific equipment, experiments and planning guides, this resource will help you to explore how the human body works during sport and movement using activities designed for pupils aged 4–11 or 11–19 (based upon the free kits sent to all UK schools in spring 2012). Download lesson plans, compare data, and access quizzes and games to enhance understanding.

Great for: 5–7, 7–11, 11–14, 14–16, 16–19

Professor Hallux’s Map of Medicine

Join Professor Hallux and Nurse Nanobot in a series of films that explore different medical issues in each episode.

Great for: 5–7, 7–11

Fabulous images

Search the Wellcome Trust’s image library for images. Great for discussions, stimulating debate, lesson starters, research and more! Explore the Science for schools light boxes (which can be reached through a tab at the bottom of the homepage) 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 and so on. Explore the library to find topic lists and resources pre-selected to match curriculum areas or age groups.

For teachers and support staff

The National Science Learning Centre provides 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 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.

About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘How We Look’ in February 2015.

Cell biology, Genetics and genomics, Statistics and maths, Medicine
How We Look
Education levels:
5–7, 7–11, 11–14, 14–16, 16–19, Independent research projects, Continuing professional development