Teaching 11–14 chemistry

Try these simple guides to teaching core topics and skills in chemistry for younger students

Each article includes a summary of what students need to know, ideas to use in your classroom and tips for spotting common misconceptions. You can also find assessment strategies and suggested resources.

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How to teach the chemistry of the rock cycle at 11–14


Develop your teaching practice with the ultimate guide to teaching the chemistry of the rock cycle including resources, misconceptions and teaching ideas

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How to teach earth science at 11–14


Use real-life examples and historical information to help students get to grips with the structure and composition of the Earth

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How to teach materials at 11–14


Use real life examples to help students get to grips with the properties of ceramics, polymers and composites

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How to teach chemical energetics


Exothermic reactions go beyond simply combustion – use these tips to boost student understanding of energy transfer

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How to teach non-metals


Showcasing samples and gas tests are imperative when introducing non-metal elements to students

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Displacement reactions


Activities, tips and ideas to help students get to grips with the reactivity series

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The extraction of metals


Embed the understanding of reduction and oxidation with your students

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Why you should teach the history of the periodic table


Because students familiar with the table’s development and structure make better chemists

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The periodic table


Introduce students to its structure and order

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States of matter and particle theory


Progressing from macroscopic to the microscopic world of the particle

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Chemical formulas and equations


What is the point of chemical equations? 

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Separation techniques


Distilling the essentials of separation

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Acids, bases and salts


Ideas, resources and activities for your classroom

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Elements and compounds


Top tips for 11–14 chemistry lessons

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Hazards, safety and apparatus


Top tips for 11–14 chemistry classes

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Mixtures and solutions


Top tips for 11–14 chemistry classes