Kareena’s chemistry – episode 1: chemistry is all around


FunKids radio, in collaboration with the RSC, has produced a set of short chemistry snippets introducing children to chemistry- the what, why and how.

Type of Activity

group work, working independently



Age Group


Kareena learns how chemistry is all around us, and how the same atoms from the stars and sun in our solar system make up our body.


If you teach primary science, click the headings below to find out how to use this resource:

Skill development

Children will develop their working scientifically skills by:

  • Asking their own questions about scientific phenomena.
  • Using appropriate scientific language and ideas to explain, evaluate and communicate their findings.

Learning outcomes

Children will:

  • Begin to understand that all material in the Universe is made of very small particles.

Concepts supported

Children will learn:

  • That the Sun is not made of fire but consists of gases.
  • That the building blocks that make up stars are also found in living things, including humans.

Suggested activity use

The recording provided can be used at the start or end of a lesson to stimulate discussion. It could be used within a Space topic to encourage children to ask questions or carry out research activities.

Practical considerations

Images may be required to go alongside the radio recording, as some children may find it difficult to visualise what is being described. Also, some of the language included in the recording, such as ‘atoms’, ‘matter’ and ‘molecules’, may require some further explanation.