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Molecules Matter - Chemistry



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In this programme, we will use chemistry skills to examine three states of matter. Undertaking a range of investigations such as heating, cooling, freezing, melting, a range of liquids, solids and gases. We will identify and describe the distinctive properties of various substances.

We will begin by learning to ask scientific questions, to hypothesise, handle laboratory style equipment and structure and write up investigations.  Students will have the opportunity to follow their own interests in non-toxic chemistry and conduct a practical research project of their choosing.

Investigations include:

  • Properties of water

  • Water molecules on the move

  • Speedy molecules

  • Heating and cooling solids

  • Compressed gases

  • Heating and cooling gases


Learning Outcomes


  • Work collaboratively to solve problems and prove challenging hypothesises

  • Observe, measure and record chemical and physical characteristics of materials

  • Explore ways in which scientists collaborate and support their ideas with evidence

  • Build on prior results and experience, thereby developing team knowledge

  • Use a range of scientific symbols, conventions and vocabulary

  • Develop active listening skills and ask appropriate questions

  • Clearly communicate thoughts and ideas  


3 hours per week for 8 weeks, in Term 1

Target Age

9 - 13 year olds


This programme is part of Science and Maths Thursdays and runs from 9-12:30 pm each week (with a 30 minute brain gym and eating break)