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KS2 Science: Hands-On Science Webinars
“ DNA and Me “
Delving into Inheritance and adaptations in a kid-friendly way for KS2 (also suitable for students transitioning to KS3)

5th Sep: Intro to Inheritance: learn about how some characteristics are passed down. Worksheets + quiz – no equipment needed this week.

12th sep: no lesson

19th Sep: What is DNA? Make model DNA! You’ll need: some small soft sweets such as gummy bears (4 different colours of sweets ideally), some cocktail sticks, and some long sweets (such as thick/rope like sweets such as strawberry cables/pencils, not the really thin laces).

26th: Adaptations: Darwin’s finches “best beak” activity. You’ll need: a variety of model “beaks” (for example: 2 spoons, tweezers, clothes peg, chopsticks) and some food items (raisins, blueberries, rice, bird seed, nuts, etc).

3rd Oct: Adaptations II: clones! Learn about how some animals and plants make clones. Optional idea: clone your own plant. You’d need: a house plant (I’d highly recommend a spider plant or pothos as they work so well for this), scissors, glass of water.

10th Oct: Adaptations III: Learn about peppered moths. Make your own peppered moth activity. Materials needed: a piece of thick paper/card, some salt and pepper, a pipecleaner, 2 paperclips, small paintbrush, and black paint.

17th Oct: Genes: Extract the DNA from a strawberry – experiment demo. Equipment (if following along): 2 strawberries, 1 ziplock bag, washing up liquid, water, 2 plastic cups, 1 coffee filter, some cold rubbing alcohol/Ethanol/ isopropyl alcohol (chill in freezer 10 mins before lesson).


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