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    Classroom questions: fears, units and chat

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    Experts answer questions about using units in calculcations and encouraging classroom chats from trainee, newly qualified and early career teachers

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    Rusting

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    Use this conversation starter to get your pupils thinking about the process of rusting, and discussing different possibilities.

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    Condensation

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    Show this Concept Cartoon to your class to get them talking and thinking about condensation in new ways.

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    Science Concept Cartoons: Acid rain

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    Spark discussion and stimulate thinking about acid rain in a way that encourages pupils to share their ideas.

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    The science of ice cream

    Heston Blumenthal discusses the science of ice cream in this selection of videos.

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    Enzymes and jellies

    If you add certain fresh fruit such as pineapple to jelly, it will not set. The task in this resource is to investigate why.

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    Should beans be cooked with the lid on or off?

    An investigation into whether having the lid on or off affects the colour of green vegetables.

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    Use of salt in cooking, part 1

    In this activity students devise and carry out experiments to test possible reasons for adding salt when cooking vegetables.

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    A Cartesian diver

    Use this famous experiment to illustrate the changes in density of gases and liquids when compressed

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    Separating mixtures

    Fun demonstrations of different mixtures, including racing liquids and rainbow colours

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    Solids

    Display some exciting solid properties to primary students: including biscuit bashing, dissolving and heavy sugar

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    Gases

    Showing the properties of gases to primary students, with examples from: the leaky bottle and the sticky cups

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    Liquids

    Demonstrate the properties of liquids to primary students, including: suspended ice, heavy sugar and the particle disco

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    Changing materials

    Material changes are demonstrated using fun examples: bouncy custard, bath bombs, burning candles, fire extinguishers, lava lamps and many more

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    Olympic composites (primary level)

    Find out what composites are made up of and why they are so important sporting equipment for the Olympics.

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    Edible experiments: Sugar rush

    Why is fudge gooey and why are hard boiled sweets hard? Discover the importance of chemistry in everyday eating experiences. Edible experiments provides a wealth of ideas based on chemistry and food to engage students and stimulate thinking about the relevance of chemistry. Video: Edible experiments: ...

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    Edible experiments: Temper, temper

    Why is tempering chocolate so important? Discover the importance of chemistry in everyday eating experiences. Edible experiments provides a wealth of ideas based on chemistry and food to engage students and stimulate thinking about the relevance of chemistry. Video: Edible experiments: Temper, temper video ...

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    Edible experiments: Supertaster

    Do we all experience exactly the same flavours? Discover the importance of chemistry in everyday eating experiences. Edible experiments provides a wealth of ideas based on chemistry and food to engage students and stimulate thinking about the relevance of chemistry. Video: Edible experiments: Supertaster video ...

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    Edible experiments: Love you, honey

    How can honey be solid or runny? Discover the importance of chemistry in everyday eating experiences. Edible experiments provides a wealth of ideas based on chemistry and food to engage students and stimulate thinking about the relevance of chemistry. Video: Edible experiments: Love you, honey video ...

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    Edible experiments: Sherbet and popping candy

    What makes sherbet fizz and what makes popping candy pop? Discover the importance of chemistry in everyday eating experiences. Edible experiments provides a wealth of ideas based on chemistry and food to engage students and stimulate thinking about the relevance of chemistry. Video: Edible experiments: Sherbet ...