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From The Classroom: Year 6 - Aqua A


​Learning in Aqua A – Year 6

Did you hear about the chemist who was reading a book about Helium? He just couldn't put it down!

Year 6 are learning many exciting things this term, including Atomic Theory in Science. Here are some fun facts we’ve been learning, about the Periodic Table and atoms.

  • The Periodic Table is a chart which arranges all the chemical elements in a useful, logical manner.
  • Dmitri Mendeleev, a Russian chemist discovered the periodic law and created the periodic table of elements. It is said that he had a dream about the arrangement of the table, woke up and wrote it down.
  • There are 92 elements that occur in nature. All other elements are manmade
  • Atoms are so small they can’t be seen, even with the most powerful microscope
  • A cube of sugar contains as many atoms as there are stars in the Universe
  • Everything in the known universe is made up of atoms
  • By combining atoms in different ways, we can make anything in the universe
  • You could fit two billion atoms on the full stop after this sentence.
  • Marie Curie was a chemist and physicist famous for becoming the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person to be awarded two Nobel Prizes. She discovered radium and polonium. She carried out the first research into the treatment of tumours with radiation. It is thought that the exposure to radiation over many years resulted in her death at age 66.
  • Marie Curie’s own books and papers are so radioactive that they are now stored in lead boxes, which may only be opened by people wearing protective suits.