Periodic table of the elements

In celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table, explore the chemical elements with your students using these innovative and interactive resources and articles

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    IYPT activities: history of the periodic table

    Enthuse students with the history and development of the periodic table by using this engaging and interactive classroom activity. It can be differentiated to varying abilities and adapted to different levels or specifications

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    IYPT activities: periodic table bingo

    An exciting take on an important topic – periodic table bingo is a fun and engaging way to learn about the elements, their symbols and their uses. It can be differentiated to varying abilities and adapted to different levels or specifications

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    IYPT activities: build an atom simulator activity sheet

    Visualise the abstract topic of atomic structure with an interactive simulation. The activity sheet gives a structured plan which can be used to focus independent exploration



Interactive periodic table

Discover the elements through videos, podcasts, data trends and uses

Periodic table app

Periodic table app

This fact-filled, image-rich app is the only periodic table you need. Ideal if you're a student, teacher or just have an interest in the chemical sciences. Available on iOS and Android


Top Trumps

Elements Top Trumps

Have fun with the elements and their properties: each of these 30 game cards represents one element, with data on its melting point, density, price, discovery date and atom size

Periodic table wallchart

Periodic table wallchart

Get two for the price of one with this double-sided periodic table poster. Choose from a bold, colour-coded version, emphasising readability and clarity, and a visual version with fascinating element artwork. Or alternate them to display both!

An image showing a teacher in front of a periodic table, surrounded by students, all with their backs to camera; a female student is pointing at the element cobalt.

The periodic table

Introduce students to its structure and order

An image showing three stacked cubes which correspond to periodic table elements (hydrogen, sodium and potassium)

Memorise the periodic table? No!

Don’t teach the periodic table by rote

An image showing a part of the mosaic being studied

Chemical analysis reveals origin of Pompeian mosaic tiles

Portable spectrometers shed light on the materials used in ancient Roman mosaics

An image showing children holding hands gathered in a circle around a drawing of Planet Earth

8 ways to inspire students about the environment

Embrace the Year of Green Action

An image showing the periodic table elements that are becoming increasingly scarce

How will we save our endangered elements?

Elements we risk losing this century

All Periodic table articles

White phosphorus oxidising vigorously and in a glass Pasteur pipette, creating a small jet of flame

Flaming phosphorus

How to generate your own white phosphorus for a fiery oxidation demonstration

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Creating copper

Declan Fleming presents a beautiful demonstration with lots of teaching potential

All Elements demonstrations