Steps into Science

Inspiration, support and resources for primary teaching

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Steps into Science – teaching science in the primary classroom

Tuesday 11 May, Tuesday 18 May, Tuesday 25 May, 4–5 pm, online

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Home learning resources

From kitchen to classroom

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Chalky spinach

Use this video and experiment in your classroom or set as an activity for students to try out at home to explore why eating raw spinach leaves makes your mouth feel chalky.

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How to purify water

A video aimed at learners, kit list, instruction, and explanation about how to get clean water from contaminated water using the stages of the water cycle.

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Investigating surface tension with milk

Explore surface tension by making patterns in milk using items from the kitchen cupboard. Includes a video aimed at learners, kit list, instruction and explanation.

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Kitchen roll chromatography

Have a go at paper chromatography at home or in the classroom with items from a kitchen. Includes video aimed at learners, instructions, and explanation.

Beyond the RSC

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Science Fun at Home

Simple and engaging practical science activities from the Primary Science Teaching Trust. These are open ended, adaptable for any age and include linked follow up activities.

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Do Try This at Home

Home learning resources and activities from the Institute of Physics. Browse their free collection of easy and fun physics experiments and download activity packs to use in the classroom or for home learning, perfect for ages 7-11 years.

Colour by pH

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Colour by pH

Introduce learners to the pH scale and the Universal Indicator chart by using these colour by number worksheets. 

Discover our support

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Boost your knowledge

Boost your knowledge and confidence to teach primary school science. Browse CPD opportunities from the RSC and our partners, or find out about science news.

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Beyond the classroom

Explore opportunities to enrich your pupils' science learning. Find out about competitions and challenges, or try out our resources for home learning.

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Get funding

Find out about funding opportunities for projects and equipment

With thanks

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Steps into Science has been generously supported by a grant from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851