Welcome to Practical Chemistry

This website is for teachers of chemistry in schools and colleges. It is a collection of experiments that demonstrate a wide range of chemical concepts and processes.

Some of the experiments can be used as starting-points for investigations or for enhancement activities. Many have links to carefully selected further reading and all include information and guidance for technicians.

Why use practical work in chemistry?

Chemistry is a practical science. Practical activities are not just motivational and fun: they also enable students to apply and extend their knowledge and understanding of chemistry in novel investigative situations, which can aid learning and memory and stimulate interest.

Practical Work for Learning

We have published a new set of resources to support the teaching of practical science for Key Stages 3-5. The resources are part of our Practical Work for Learning project, which explores how three different teaching and learning approaches can be applied to practical work. Visit the Practical Work for Learning website to find out more.