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Keyworth Primary
& Nursery School

New Topic!

Yesterday we kicked off our brand new topic all about the mysterious Alchemy Island!

We came into the classroom to find eerie music playing and a mystery box delivered from a strange new world... 

Inside the box were various mysterious items, a map, some co-ordinates and a riddle. 

We deciphered that we had to find a portal to take us to the Kingdown of Winterbourne where we could begin our journey! We found a new mysterious door which has appeared in the DT room and we have concluded that this must be the portal to Alchemy Island!

Take a look at all our photos from the day!!


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This half term we will 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. At the end of the project, we’ll perform songs about our amazing adventure and present what we have learned. We’ll design a map for a new app and a board game based on our adventures.

Main topic focus - Music

English - Fantasy narratives, non-chronological reports, poetry, soliloquies, lyrics

Music - Composing, recording and editing software, atmospheric music, graphic scores

Computing - Digital photography, debugging programs, gaming

D&T - Electrical circuits, designing a board game

Geography - Map reading, using co-ordinates, human and physical features

Science - Properties and changes of materials

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?