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CPD taster - Developing the established primary science leader

This is a CPD taster created to give teachers a better understanding of what to expect when joining one of our primary science courses. Below you will find a video and a task for you to do in your own time. Once you have done the activity, ...

The Dairy Food Chain

These resources from Farming & Countryside Education (FACE) are intended support a visit to a dairy farm by providing activities which aim to raise students’ awareness of the process of business improvement in the food chain and giving advice on how to organise the visit. In preparation for the farm visit, a...

Diversification

This resource from Farming & Countryside Education (FACE) allows students to investigate how different farmers have addressed the challenge of sustainability, and the solutions they have devised to remain in business despite the serious long-term problems faced by the sector. The farm profiles help the students...

Debating

This resource from Farming & Countryside Education (FACE) suggests a number of issues surrounding farming which can be used as topics for a class debate. A number of activities are described which can be used to support the preparation for debate or as class activities: • Timeline: A set of statements related...

Farming Counts

A selection of resources from Farming & Countryside Education (FACE) linked to mathematics at Key Stage Two. Each resource is either a worded problem or an activity related to the countryside. They can be easily fitted into mathematics lessons or given for homework after teaching the topics in class. The areas...

Powder Flames

This video, from whynotchemeng, uses coffee whitener to demonstrate the flammability of small particles. Coffee whitener is mixed with iron filings and ignited in the air to show colourful flames. The powder must be poured from a height above the flame to enable mixing with the air and a good distance between the...

Singing Rods

This video from whynotchemeng shows ground rosin being used to cause resonance in an aluminium rod. If rosin is not available then it is possible to cause the resonance by striking the end of the rod with a hammer. The rod must be balanced on one finger halfway along the length to enable the rod to resonate. As...

Lilac Fire

This demonstration of a redox reaction. The reaction causes a lilac flame, which is best viewed in a darkened room. Mixing glycerol with potassium permanganate (VII) causes an exothermic reaction which oxidises the glycerol to from carbon dioxide and water (hence the steam) and it is itself then reduced. The...

Vacuum Bazooka

This video from whynotchemeng shows the use of a vacuum cleaner to create a bazooka that fires film canisters. The pressure difference in the tube caused by the vacuum cleaner, makes the air outside push the canister at high speed through the tube.

The Coke Fountain

In this demonstration from whynotchemeng, Diet Coke and Mentos mints are used to create coke fountains. The small pits on the surface of the Mentos create many nucleation sites for bubbles to form. This experiment is very messy and so it is best to perform it outside the classroom. A rolled up piece of paper can...

Frothy Foam

In this dramatic demonstration, potassium iodide catalyses the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide to oxygen and water.This is an exothermic reaction and water is produced as steam. Food colouring and washing up liquid mixed in with the hygrogen peroxide create coloured fountains of oxygen bubbles during the...

Screaming Jelly Babies

This demonstration, from whynotchemeng, involves putting a jelly baby into molten potassium chlorate. The reaction shows the oxidation of the sugar in the jelly baby. Sometimes a high pitched screaming noise can be heard during the reaction. Jelly babies can be used since they have a small enough surface area...

Flying Cake Cases

This video from whynotchemeng uses a Van de Graaff generator to cause the repulsion of foil cup cake cases, from the demonstrator’s head. The cases can be placed directly on the dome, if a suitable person is not available. Students could be asked to think about why metallic cases would work better than paper...

Flaming Hand

This video from whynotchemeng shows bubbles of methane being lit whilst floating in the air and also whilst being held in the demonstrator's hands. The video shows the demonstrator covering their hands with washing up liquid to protect against any burns during the demonstration.

Whoosh bottle

This demonstration from whynotchemeng involves lighting a splint to ignite Propon-2-ol in a 25 litre drinks dispenser bottle. Lighting the vapour makes an impressive whoosh sound and flames shoot out of the bottle.  The bottle could be placed on scales or a force sensor to measure the thrust from the ignition....

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