Kirsty previously taught physics and chemistry at secondary schools in Cambridgeshire and London from 2012-2020. Kirsty obtained a PGCE in secondary science (physics) from the Institute of Education following an undergraduate degree in geophysics at Imperial College London.
How to draw ionic bonding dot and cross diagrams
Use this step-by-step approach to help your 14–16 students master ions
Scrutinising shampoo bottles | 11–14 years
Delve into the world of cosmetics labelling with this activity which takes a close look at the ingredients printed on the back of your shampoo bottles. What are they for and should we be concerned about any of them?
Should we let students write on tables?
Use this handy technique to effectively engage disinterested learners
Ions logic puzzle | 14–16 years
A fun logic puzzle which tests learners’ recollection of the relationship between periodic group number and charge on simple ions
Covalent bonding tiles | 14–16 years
Help learners to visualise the shape and structure of simple covalent molecules with these manipulative covalent bonding tiles.
How to draw dot and cross diagrams
Use this step-by-step approach to covalent bonding with your 14–16 learners
Practical potions microscale | 11–14 years
Observe chemical changes in this microscale experiment with a spooky twist.
Chipping in with transition
What classroom teachers can do to support new secondary students
Teaching chemical changes (at Halloween)
Turn your younger students into wizards at chemistry with these simple practical ideas
How to draw electron configuration diagrams
Use this step-by-step to get your 14–16 students drawing electron configuration diagrams confidently
Your place or mine? The local business of lithium mining
Lithium-ion batteries will power the next generation of electric cars, but how can we mine lithium with minimal impact on the environment?
Making materials from biomass
Biomass is regularly used as fuel, but have we been overlooking this sustainable resource as a source of chemical building blocks?
Rusting: a lateral thinking problem | 11–14 years
Learners apply their knowledge of rusting in the context of shipwrecks. A lateral thinking exercise and planning an investigation will help them develop higher-order skills.