Teachers' Zone


About the project

Syngenta is committed to supporting education with the aim of inspiring young people's interest in chemistry and, ultimately, encourage them to pursue science as a career path.

This Periodic Table of Elements, aimed at KS3, GCSE and AS/A-Level students and their teachers, has been closely mapped to the UK science curricula. It is also a valuable international study aid with content suitable for students up to 16 years of age and those aged 16 and over. It is a free, online interactive resource designed to teach a fundamentally important science and chemistry topic in an engaging, thought-provoking and memorable way and is an exciting addition to the many successful programmes offered by the Syngenta Learning Zone.

Chemistry is all around us – it's part of everything we do, eat, wear and use – this resource brings the 'everyday' aspects of chemistry to life!

  • "It's a really fantastic resource and I think our students will gain a lot of benefit from using it to support their Chemistry studies. It really brings chemistry to life by bringing all the facets of the Periodic Table into one accessible and engaging online resource." – Mrs Kate Chaytor, Science AST for Harrow
  • "I liked how the information in the quick facts pop-ups were broken down so it is easier to take in and more interesting." – Triple Science student, Sacred Heart Language School, Harrow
  • "Wow, chemistry doesn't have to be boring! It's great that I can use this site at home as well as at school as I think it will help with homework and exam revision." – GCSE pupil, Canons High School, Edgware

We would like to thank Sacred Heart Language School in Harrow and Canons High School in Edgware for their participation in the development of this resource. We endeavour to make sure that our educational resources can be used extensively within schools by addressing the educational needs of students and providing a stimulating resource for teachers to enthuse and inspire their classes with.

Using the resource

The interactive Periodic Table of Elements allows students to find out about the chemical elements, main element groups and some compounds that are in production. There is also a 'Reaction Zone' for students to test element reactions in a virtual environment!

You can access all of the resources using rollover links on the Home page, details of which are below.

Periodic Table

All content has been mapped to the UK science curricula for GCSE and AS/A-Level, but is also designed to support non-UK curricula study. Select the level you want to view by clicking on 'Up to 16 (GCSE)' or '16 and over (AS/A-Level)' on the Periodic Table Home page.

Individual elements

All elements within the Periodic Table are colour-coded to show which element group they belong to. A pop-out screen featuring key information (atomic number, atomic mass, group, state, uses and facts) about the 75 elements most relevant to the GCSE and A-level curricula can be viewed by clicking on the element squares.

Some of the more important elements (e.g. carbon) include more detailed information such as: history, source, electron structure and related safety and environmental issues. This can be accessed by clicking the 'More' button on the bottom right of the pop-out screen. The information can be printed by clicking the 'Print' button on the bottom left of page.

Element groups

You can access information about the main element groups (such as Alkali Metals and Transition Metals d-block), by clicking the 'More' button beside the relevant group name near the top of the table.

Element states

Clicking on the state buttons (Solid, Liquid, Gas, Unknown) at the bottom left of Periodic Table page highlights the elements that are of that state at room temperature and one atmosphere of pressure. Clicking on the button again removes the filter and returns the screen to show all elements.

Finally, you can use the word links at the bottom right of the page to return to the main Home page or visit the Reaction Zone.

Reaction Zone

The Reaction Zone is an interactive activity that helps students become familiar with different types of chemical reaction by providing an opportunity to test them in a virtual environment. It includes reactivity trends for Group 1, Group 7 Halogens and Metals.

The user is given a choice of different elements to drag into the reaction flask. They then choose what reactor they would like to add (e.g. water, dilute acid) and click 'Test' to reveal a film clip and description of what happens when the reaction takes place. Information relevant to the Key Stages can be accessed by clicking on the 'GCSE' or 'A-Level' link at the bottom of the page.

The reaction equations are also revealed as the user selects their chosen reaction. These can be viewed in 'symbolic', 'word' or 'both' formats by clicking on the relevant button.


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The Periodic Table is fundamental to the science curriculum, but this resource, which is packed with facts and information about all aspects of the elements. It is relevant to a much broader spectrum of subject areas, including literacy, mathematics, citizenship, history, geography and environmental studies.

This resource has been mapped to the science curricula and tailored to assist particularly with the teaching of the GCSE and A-Level chemistry curricula, such as:

  • AQA GCSEs for Chemistry, Science, Additional Science, Environmental Science and A-levels for Science, Applied Science and Environmental Studies
  • OCR GCSEs for Science and A-levels for Chemistry A and Chemistry B
  • Edexcel GCSE for Science and A-level for Chemistry
  • BTEC Higher Nationals for Pharmacy Services and Polymer Processing and Technology; BTEC Nationals for Pharmaceutical Science.

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