Experiments and investigations

Inspiration and resources for experiments and investigations

From kitchen to classroom

Simple chemistry experiments using kitchen cupboard equipment.

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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.

Primary science investigations

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Air pressure, gases and the leaky bottle

Try this simple investigation to explore the effects of air pressure, with detailed teacher notes, classroom slides and a video demonstration.

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Properties of gases, air pressure and ‘sticky’ cups

Try this investigation to explore the effect of heat on gases, with detailed teacher notes, classroom slides and a video demonstration.

Demonstrations

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Separating mixtures | Primary science video demonstrations

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

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Solids | Primary science video demonstrations

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

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Gases | Primary science video demonstrations

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

Developing scientific skills

Help your pupils develop their scientific skills with these experiments and resources

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Pollutants produced by chemical changes | 9–11 years

Connect your curriculum teaching on chemical changes to engaging sustainability contexts. This topic web suggests classroom activities linked to plastic degradation and clean cooking. 

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Electricity and batteries | 7–9 years

Connect your curriculum teaching on electricity to engaging sustainability contexts. This topic web suggests classroom activities linked to batteries and electric cars. 

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Electricity production and use | 9–11 years

Connect your curriculum teaching on electricity to engaging sustainability contexts. This topic web suggests classroom activities linked to sustainable sources of electricity and monitoring our electricity usage. 

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Science concept cartoons: 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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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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Science concept cartoons: 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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Biodiversity and habitats | 4–7 years

Connect your curriculum teaching on habitats to engaging sustainability contexts. This topic web suggests classroom activities linked to increasing biodiversity and protecting marine habitats.

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Changing materials | Primary science video demonstrations

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

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Colourful food: kitchen science podcasts

Introduce your students to colours in food with this short podcast.

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Decaying and materials in mobiles | 9–11 years

Connect your curriculum teaching on materials to engaging sustainability contexts. This topic web suggests classroom activities linked to the materials found in mobile phones and how different materials decay.

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Dense liquids: kitchen science podcasts

Introduce your students to liquids of different densities with this short podcast.

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Electricity production and use | 9–11 years

Connect your curriculum teaching on electricity to engaging sustainability contexts. This topic web suggests classroom activities linked to sustainable sources of electricity and monitoring our electricity usage. 

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Pollutants produced by chemical changes | 9–11 years

Connect your curriculum teaching on chemical changes to engaging sustainability contexts. This topic web suggests classroom activities linked to plastic degradation and clean cooking. 

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Protecting animals and their habitats | 7–9 years

Connect your curriculum teaching on habitats to engaging sustainability contexts. This topic web suggests classroom activities linked to protecting the habitats of orangutans and polar bears. 

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Dissolving, density and sugary drinks

Try this investigation to get learners exploring the mass of sugar dissolved in their favourite drinks, with detailed teacher notes, classroom slides and a video demonstration.

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Freezing and the ‘intriguing ice’ experiment

Try this investigation to explore how materials change when they freeze, with detailed teacher notes, classroom slides and a video demonstration.

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Red cabbage rainbows

In this activity, learners create rainbows using homemade red cabbage indicator paper. Includes video aimed at learners, kit list, instruction, and explanation.

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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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Science concept cartoons: rusting

In association with

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

A preview of a cartoon with students asking questions about acid rain

Science Concept Cartoons: Acid rain

In association with

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

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Biodiversity and habitats | 4–7 years

Connect your curriculum teaching on habitats to engaging sustainability contexts. This topic web suggests classroom activities linked to increasing biodiversity and protecting marine habitats.

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Chemistry in sport

Our very first global experiment compares the performance enhancement of student-made sports drinks vs water

Photo of a glass of cola with ice in. Next to the glass is seven teaspoons with sugar on.

Dissolving, density and sugary drinks

Try this investigation to get learners exploring the mass of sugar dissolved in their favourite drinks, with detailed teacher notes, classroom slides and a video demonstration.

Photo of a circuit using three potatoes to light a bulb

Electricity and batteries | 7–9 years

Connect your curriculum teaching on electricity to engaging sustainability contexts. This topic web suggests classroom activities linked to batteries and electric cars. 

Photo of a traditional cooking stove that burns wood under a cooking pot

Pollutants produced by chemical changes | 9–11 years

Connect your curriculum teaching on chemical changes to engaging sustainability contexts. This topic web suggests classroom activities linked to plastic degradation and clean cooking. 

Photo of a circuit using three potatoes to light a bulb

Electricity and batteries | 7–9 years

Connect your curriculum teaching on electricity to engaging sustainability contexts. This topic web suggests classroom activities linked to batteries and electric cars. 

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Materials, recycling and rubbish | 4–7 years

Connect your curriculum teaching on materials to engaging sustainability contexts. This topic web suggests classroom activities linked to recycling and how much rubbish is produced in your school.

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Irreversible changes and the ‘fire extinguisher’

Try this investigation to explore what materials need to burn, with detailed teacher notes, classroom slides and a video demonstration.

Photo of who bees collecting pollen from a purple flower

Biodiversity and habitats | 4–7 years

Connect your curriculum teaching on habitats to engaging sustainability contexts. This topic web suggests classroom activities linked to increasing biodiversity and protecting marine habitats.

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Chemistry in sport

Our very first global experiment compares the performance enhancement of student-made sports drinks vs water

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Electricity production and use | 9–11 years

Connect your curriculum teaching on electricity to engaging sustainability contexts. This topic web suggests classroom activities linked to sustainable sources of electricity and monitoring our electricity usage. 

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Elements Top Trumps

A fun way to introduce the elements in the periodic table.

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Pollutants produced by chemical changes | 9–11 years

Connect your curriculum teaching on chemical changes to engaging sustainability contexts. This topic web suggests classroom activities linked to plastic degradation and clean cooking. 

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Electricity production and use | 9–11 years

Connect your curriculum teaching on electricity to engaging sustainability contexts. This topic web suggests classroom activities linked to sustainable sources of electricity and monitoring our electricity usage. 

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Smart materials: lesson tips

Try these activities to help design your lessons on smart materials. Explore the topic using this simple demonstration of polymers and salt. 

Global experiments

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Global experiments

Engage your students with hands-on, fully-resourced, group activities that are adaptable for all ages

Edible experiments

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Edible experiments

Discover the importance of chemistry in everyday eating experiences with this collection of edible experiments. 

That's Chemistry!

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That’s Chemistry!

Discover the informative chapters of That’s Chemistry! Each chapter explains a chemistry concept and gives numerous ideas for activites to support students’ learning.