Kareena’s chemistry – episode 2: staying alive


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 about the chemicals we need to live, and the chemical reactions taking place in our bodies – e.g. respiration, cellular regeneration. 


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:

  • Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival.

Concepts supported

Children will learn:

  • How the act of breathing contributes to lots of different activities inside the human body.

Suggested activity use

This activity can be used at the start or end of a lesson to stimulate discussion. It could be used as a hook into the topic of animals, including humans, and help encourage children’s questioning or researching skills.

Practical considerations

If children are to research content further, websites, books and other sources of information may need to be looked up before the lesson, so that children can easily access quality information.