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Term 6 - Alchemy Island

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Alchemy Island

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 in 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 was 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, co-ordinates 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...

Fun Facts

  • Gold is the only metal that is yellow or 'golden'.  Other metals may develop a yellowish colour, but only after they have oxidised or reacted with other chemicals.
  • Gold is very stretchy!  28 g of gold can be stretched into a gold threat that is five miles long.
  • Pure gold is so soft that you can mould it with your hands.
  • Gold metal flakes may be consumed in food or drink.
  • No one is completely sure about the origins of gold.  Some astronomers think that gold might come from rare neutron-rich explosions, such as the collision of neutron stars.  If you own anything gold, it's possible that you have a souvenir from one of the most powerful explosions in the universe!
  • Gold has many uses.  As well as for money and jewelry, it is used in electronics, dentistry, medicine and to colour glass.
  • If all the gold extracted from the Earth so far was melted, it would make a cube measuring approximately 25 cubic metres.
  • Gold is one of the densest, and therefore heaviest, metals in the world.
  • The biggest gold nugget ever found weighed approximately 90 kg and was unearthed in Australia.
  • Stargates, wormholes, portals and shortcuts through space and time have been the subject of theoretical physics for decades.  Scientists are still trying to find out if they really exist in our universe.
  • Gold is a popular choice of material for medals, statues and trophies.  Academy Award, Olympic and Nobel Prize winners all receive golden rewards in recognition of their achievement.
  • In Greek mythology, King Midas had the power to turn everything he touched to gold.  This became known as the 'golden touch', or the 'Midas touch'.  According to legend, Midas died of starvation.

Here's what gold nuggets look like before the gold is processed into jewellery, medals, coins or bars:


Term 6 2018 Home Learning - Banquet on Friday, 13th July, 2018!

Letter - join

Welcome to our new handwriting scheme. Handwriting is a very important element of school life, and the associated skills need to be taught carefully. We have adopted the Letter-Join strategy for handwriting across the entire school and cursive script will be taught to everyone. We would love you to encourage your children to practise using the new letter formation! Details of how to download resources are available below. 

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