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Alchemy Island

We’re going on a magical journey to find the gold hidden somewhere on Alchemy Island.
This half term, a mysterious visitor will arrive to present us with artefacts from the island. Reading stories set in fantasy worlds will inspire our story openings. We’ll manipulate digital photographs, adding fantastical special effects. Our geography skills will improve as we look closely at maps of Alchemy Island, plotting routes and using coordinates. We’ll examine samples from the island, explore the properties of materials and experiment with changes of state. If we’re going to find gold, we’d better find out all about it! In English we’ll write soliloquies and poems inspired by the island’s magical powers and dramatic landscape. The coding programme Scratch will help us to plot and correct errors in our route, and we’ll use technology to create beautiful digital images. We’ll compose raps and use sound effects and mood music to reflect the atmosphere on Alchemy Island.

Help your child prepare for their project. Start your mysterious journey to Alchemy Island at home! Why not investigate foods together that change state when they are heated or cooled? You could also visit the library to find a book to read together which is set in a fantasy world. Alternatively, create a map of your own fantasy island – what landmarks will you include?

The first week of Spring Term has seen us go on a mystery walk in search of magical portals that might transport us to other fantasy worlds. We had great fun and found many portals on our journey. We also searched for some items that had been left by the Alchemist – a map to Alchemy Island, a key to the map and a riddle for us to solve. Finally, we each selected an object that seemed like a normal, bog-standard object to the human eye, but that had a second, alternative use for magical beings. We had some interesting explanations when we were back, warm and safe in the classroom!

Great Dalby Primary School