It’s time to suspend your disbelief and open your mind. We’re going on a magical journey to Alchemy Island. Can you find the gold hidden deep within the island’s mysterious landscape? The only way is to study the map, unravel the riddle and begin your adventure. On the way, you must do all you can to learn about gold and master the ancient art of alchemy. Be creative and try to impress the island’s team of ace alchemists. Will they praise your scientific expertise? What if there were a video game version of Alchemy Island? Could you compose a stunning soundtrack to bring this mysterious landscape to life? You’ve got your map, coordinates and everything else you need to make your way across Alchemy Island. Don’t forget to pack your imagination. Got your suitcase ready? Then let the journey begin.
Big Question: What would it be like to travel through a portal into another world?
This week, the children were learning about and writing about Cinquain's in literacy. They were introduced to both Syllabic and Didactic Cinquain's and were tasked writing some about diamonds that we had been researching during the week.
In Science, we were sent some 'Gold Dust' from Alchemy Island with the instructions to add spoonfuls to cups of hot and cold water. The children then had to monitor whether the dust would dissolve or reach a saturation point.
This week we were sent some special crystals from Alchemy Island and told to put water in them and see what happened. The children had to predict what would happen to the crystals. We filled a container with lots of crystals and a glass with just one crystal. They were both filled with one glass full of water. The children then monitored and measured the crystals at regular intervals to see what was happening.
In literacy, we read a children's version of Shakespeare's the Tempest. The children had to then write each chapter in their own words.
This week has been assessment week - with the children doing maths, reading, SPAG and spelling assessments.
In Science, the children have been exploring the metal, rocks and gems that might be found on Alchemy Island. They were given a selection of rock samples and were tasked with testing them for hardness, transparency and magnetism.
We kicked off 'Alchemy Island' by showing the children a map and a key of the island. They had to identify the features on the island and discuss what they were and why they thought they were there. The children were then given a riddle to solve - to find out where on the island their journey would begin.
The journey would begin in the Ancient Citadel that housed a portal to travel throughout the island. After discussing portals and what we knew about them, the children wrote a descriptive paragraph about a portal they had made up. In computing, using image editing software, they created videos and images of their portals.