Do you want to live forever?

Aubrey de Grey, a British scientist, claims that people will eventually be able to live to 1000 years of age. He states that scientists have already found ways to alter cells and genes to regulate the ageing process and expects that in the next 20 years extending life in this way will be a possibility.

Where it fits...


  • Interdependence between people and the environment
  • The effect of people on the natural and built environment over time

Key Questions

  • Who are we?
  • What are we?
  • How do living things interact with each other in the environment?

Suggested Learning Intentions

  • To explore and develop ideas and respond to others’ points of view.
  • To communicate and explain information, ideas and opinions with increasing clarity.
  • To collaborate with peers to begin to reach agreement/manage disagreement.
  • To understand that changes to one living thing in a food chain can affect other living things within the same food chain.
  • To understand how learning in science relates to news in the world around us.

This Primary upd8 activity is designed for CCEA in line with the Northern Ireland Curriculum requirements for the World Around Us and Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.

Cross-Curricular Skills

developed in this activity

Talking and Listening

Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities
Working With Others

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