Live Science Class for Kids: Guest Presenter from John Wesley’s House

Painting beside exterior of John Wesley's House
We are very excited to welcome a guest presenter from The Museum of Methodism & John Wesley’s House for this week’s instalment of our weekly virtual science classes. You can recreate the featured demonstration at home using household materials.

John Wesley and Benjamin Franklin lived in London at the same time and they were both interested in electricity, John even visited America! It’s John’s journey to America that’s inspired this session led by Gemma Smith, Learning & Community Engagement Officer at John Wesley’s House. John encountered a scary storm on his way there so we’ll be thinking about what materials float and why. You’ll be able to join in with the experiments as we go along, testing materials from around your house. We’ll also explore how the density of materials affects whether they float or not.

Activity Materials:

Experiment 1: a large bowl/container of water, different materials from around the home e.g. wood (pencil), plastic (old bottle), metal (coin), cork, fruit

Experiment 2: ice cube, water, oil, a glass

Experiment 3: syrup (the syrup should be pre-poured into an old jam jar or other see-through container), water, oil

Links to the Science Curriculum:

KS2 – Materials and their properties

KS3 – Density

Most Suitable for KS2 and KS3 (Grades 2-8) but all ages welcome!

If you have any questions, please contact

Watch the full class and demonstration: