Practical demonstrations for secondary science

Classroom-based and interactive demonstration resources to help you to bring scientific concepts to life in biology, chemistry and physics lessons

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Stimulate curiosity in your science classroom with these engaging demonstration ideas

Teacher demonstrations are an ideal starting point for introducing new topics and tricky concepts in all three sciences. Not only do they tap into your students’ natural curiosity, but they also give you a chance to show off your passion for the subject.

Here, we’ve brought together a selection of top practicals to help you to bring science to life in your classroom.

General demonstration ideas

Capture your students' attention using these top tips on how to make your classroom demonstrations as engaging as possible. On a similar theme, these inspiring resources include teacher-led practical demonstrations to capture students’ attention, as well as advice on showmanship.

Food tests (Core practical) KS3 or KS4 (for B2.1.2 Activate)
Piotr Klimczak

Food tests (Core practical) KS3 or KS4 (for B2.1.2 Activate)

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A simplified set of instructions for KS3 core practical. The tests are carried out by groups of students at 4 stations (Biuret's - proteins, Benedict's - reducing sugars, Iodine - starch, Ethanol - lipids). Please rate a leave me a comment of your find it useful. This can be also used with a low abi...
KS3 Science - Light. Fun demonstrations and resources
jayto

KS3 Science - Light. Fun demonstrations and resources

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Want to put a bit more fun into teaching the light topic? These ideas are not "new" but are collected together here with some background information. This will be useful for those new to teaching or those not familiar with teaching Physics. There are 3 demonstrations, some backgrou...
Food Testing
mrnicholls

Food Testing

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This is a year 8 lesson from a scheme of work about how we will survive in space. This lesson is about what we will eat and how we will test to see what is in the food that we eat. It is a practical lesson covering the tests for protein, starch, fat and sugar.
Science at home: Experiments booklet
aslawrenson

Science at home: Experiments booklet

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A booklet of experiments that students can complete under supervision at home. Booklet is designed to engage learners outside of the classroom. Contains six experiments across all three sciences, including the extraction of DNA, measuring the speed of light, and creating a bubble bomb. All experimen...
A list of videos for science (mainly chemistry)
lowlevelpanic

A list of videos for science (mainly chemistry)

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These are mainly for use in chemistry teaching (KS3 - 5), but there are a small number of biology and physics videos as well. This resource is a word document which lists the videos by title alongside a direct link to the file on YouTube. We have been making educational videos at the Universit...
Teachers TV: Biology Experiments: 8 Video Demos
Teachers TV

Teachers TV: Biology Experiments: 8 Video Demos

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The following programme contains biology experiments using animal organs and requires viewing prior to showing to students. Dr Mark Loughlin, a molecular biologist, looks at some great biology demonstrations that relate to the human body and can provide the wow factor for pupils, without the ne...