Resources for teaching 7-9 years

Discover resources for teaching primary science to pupils aged 7-9 years

Solids, liquids and gases

Picture of swirling patterns of food colouring in milk

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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Primary science demonstrations: solids

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

Butter and other dairy products

How to make butter

Try making butter at home or in the classroom using items from your kitchen cupboard. Includes video aimed at pupils, kit list, instruction, and explanation.

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The life of water

Get hands on with H2O, changing states of matter and the water cycle. These experiments and investigations involve water in the context of space

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Primary science demonstrations: gases

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

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Solids, liquids and gases: primary science podcasts

Join Kareena and her superhero friend K-mistry for this short podcast introducing children to solids, liquids and gases.

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Solids, liquids and gases: That’s Chemistry!

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The ‘solids, liquids and gases’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn about solids, liquids and gases, and understand that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled.

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Primary science demonstrations: liquids

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

Materials

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Materials cards

Spark awareness of the properties and purposes of materials, while teaching terms like ‘permeable’, ‘transparent’ and ‘magnetic’.

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Insulation investigation

Which material makes the warmest jacket? Investigate the insulating properties of various materials with this activity for ages 7–14

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Chemistry and Sport - football

Materials chemistry has revolutionised the game of football and given us the balls, gloves, and goalposts we play with.

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Temper, temper: edible experiments

Why is tempering chocolate so important? Discover the importance of chemistry in everyday eating experiences with this edible experiment.

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The properties of materials and their everyday uses: That’s Chemistry!

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The ‘properties of materials’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn how the properties of materials affects their suitability for different uses.

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Olympic materials Primary

This resource allows primary school students to explore the difference between a natural material and a synthetic material. The Materials used in different sports for the Olympic Games is then explored.

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Smart materials in nappies: primary science podcasts

Join Kareena and her superhero friend K-mistry for this short podcast introducing children to absorbancy and comparing materials on the basis of their properties.

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Outreach: thermochromic materials

Chemicals and materials which change colour are fun and useful. In this activity you will handle thermochromic materials.

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Mixing and dissolving materials: That’s Chemistry!

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The ‘mixing and dissolving materials’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn that mixtures are made up of more than one substance and that some mixtures can be separated.

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Heating and cooling materials: That’s Chemistry!

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The ‘heating and cooling materials’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn how the properties of some materials change when they are heated, and that some of these changes are irreversible.

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Magnets: primary science podcasts

Join Kareena and her superhero friend K-mistry for this short podcast introducing children to magnets.

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Water and hydrogels

Challenge your students to answer the question: are we wasting water?

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Teflon: kitchen science podcasts

Introduce your students to Teflon and the properties of materials with this short podcast.

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Chemistry in sport: primary science podcasts

Join Kareena and her superhero friend K-mistry for this short podcast introducing children to how the properties of a material can make them suitable for a particular use.

Earth science

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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 life of water

Get hands on with H2O, changing states of matter and the water cycle. These experiments and investigations involve water in the context of space

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Found in the ground

Give your pupils the knowledge and the opportunity to classify materials according to rocks, minerals and fossils.

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Virtual rock kit

A collection of common sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks. Each rock has images showing particle arrangements, the rock after weathering, hand sized specimens and the rock in use.

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The water cycle: That’s Chemistry!

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The ‘water cycle’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn how different liquids evaporate at different rates, and the factors that affect these rates.

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Rocks and soils: That’s Chemistry!

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The ‘rocks and soils’ chapter from That’s Chemistry! This chapter looks at key ideas and activities that can be used to help students learn that different types of rocks and soils have different properties.

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If rocks could talk

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A series of ‘interviews’ with different rocks. From these ‘interviews’ students learn about different types of rocks, how and where in the rock cycle they are formed as well as their defining features. Clicking on key words reveals further information, images and quiz questions. This resource has been developed by ...

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Wood conservation - the Mary Rose

The Mary Rose is a wooden Tudor warship that sank off Portsmouth in 1545. While on the sea bed, most of her hull became covered in silt, which effectively sealed it and the artefacts it contained in anaerobic (air-free) conditions and preserved them from decay.

Curriculum maps

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Wales national curriculum guide: key stage 2 science

Use this document when planning schemes of work or when looking for resources that are related to specific national curriculum statements.

Primary curriculum guide

England national curriculum guide: key stage 2 science

A linking document for primary science teachers in England, which maps Royal Society of Chemistry resources to statements from the key stage 2 science sampling framework, which aligns with the national curriculum science programmes of study.

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Northern Ireland chemistry curriculum map

Plan your implementation and delivery of the Northern Irish chemistry curriculum, whether you teach at foundation phase or undergraduate level. 

Complex connections mind map

English chemistry curriculum map

Use this map to get an overview of the English chemistry curriculum, from primary to undergraduate level.

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Scotland curriculum for excellence guide: early to second level science

A linking document for primary science teachers in Scotland, which maps Royal Society of Chemistry resources to experiences and outcomes from the Curriculum for Excellence. 

Science ideas webs

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Space: science ideas webs

A web of suggested ideas for linking science with the topic space. You can learn history and science together with activities for different age groups.

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The Victorians: science ideas webs

A web of suggested ideas for linking science with the topic the Victorians. You can learn history and science together with activities for different age groups.

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The Stone Age: science ideas webs

A web of suggested ideas for linking science with the topic the stone age. You can learn history and science together with activities for different age groups. 

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Maya and Aztecs: science ideas webs

A web of suggested ideas for linking science with the topic the Maya and Aztecs. You can learn history and science together with activities for different age groups. 

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The Romans: science ideas webs

A web of suggested ideas for linking science with the topic the Romans. You can learn history and science together with activities for different age groups. 

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Ancient Egypt: science ideas webs

A web of suggested ideas for linking science with the topic Ancient Egypt. You can learn history and science together with activities for different age groups.