Kareena’s chemistry – episode 15: alchemy to chemistry


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 all about the fascinating history of chemistry.


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:

  • Describing and evaluating other people’s scientific ideas.
  • Describing some scientific ideas that have changed over time.
  • Asking their own questions about scientific phenomena.

Learning outcomes

Children will:

  • Understand that scientific explanations, theories and models are those that best fit the facts known at a particular time.

Concepts supported

Children will learn:

  • How science, and in particular chemistry, ideas have changed over time.
  • Who famous scientists of the past were and what they are famous for.

Suggested activity use

This activity provides a useful hook into stimulating children’s interest into scientists of the past. They could work individually or in groups, using secondary sources of information to find out about some of the key scientists in history and what their famous discoveries were.

Practical considerations

Teachers may need to give direction to some children about particular scientists who they may want to research. Also websites, books and other sources of information may need to be looked up before the lesson, so that children can easily access quality information.