Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Apologies- No photos on weds

Apologies, we are not able to show the pictures tomorrow morning as it is 'NON ICT DAY' so I will make sure that it is on the board for thursday am.

Sports skills

Thank you to all of the parents and families that were able to come and watch our sports skills. We all had a fantastic time! If you were unable to make it the children had five activities to try out. These were: skipping, bats and balls, football, bean bags and hockey.

A big thank you to those parents who took some brilliant photos, they will be on the interactive whiteboard when the children come in tomorrow morning.  

Monday, 22 October 2012

Jelly experiment: Question at the bottom of the page!

In science we have been doing an experiment with jelly. We have been looking at turning a solid jelly into a liquid and then back to a solid. Below are some pictures and describing words.

First of all we had a feel and a smell of the solid jelly.
"squishy"  "sticky" "red" "stretchy" "smells like strawberries"
Then we had to add boiling water

"The kettle water is hot/boiling then it melts the jelly"
"When the water is boiling there are bubbles"

Then we had to stir the jelly. "the jelly disappears"
"steam is coming off" "the water has turned red"

"the jelly is getting smaller"
The jelly has now turned into a liquid.

Next we have to put the jelly into the fridge where it turns into a solid.

QUESTION: What would happen if you put boiling water onto the set jelly.
Would it turn into a liquid again? How many times could you change it back?

Literacy and Numeracy this week.

This week in Literacy we will be looking at the book 'Window' by Jeannie Baker. It shows the changing landscape out of a window. It is a fantastic book for encouraging talk and discussion within a group as well as boosting creative thinking.

In numeracy this week we are looking at time and some groups are still doing measuring using hand span.

Thank you for the home learning that is being bought in. It is fantastic to see how enthusiastic the children have become towards learning.

Please remember that it is our sports morning tomorrow from 11am. We are hoping to be outside but if it is raining we will be in the hall.

Sunday, 21 October 2012


The School Nurse will be running a drop in from 8:45am tomorrow morning (Monday 22nd October). Want to know more about what the School Nurse does please see this useful web link from Dorset HealthCare University NHS Trust: http://www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/services/children-and-families/school-nursing-dorset.htm

Friday, 19 October 2012

Miss Jolliffe's last day

Sadly for us it is Miss Jolliffe's last day with us as she has now got a new job as a Speech and Language Therapist. We would like to wish her good luck with the future and a big thank you from everyone at Prince of Wales School.

Sports skills/ New resources

Thank you to those parents who attended the parents evenings this week. If you were unable to come please contact us and we can arrange a suitable date.

We have been able to purchase some brilliant new resources for our phonics.
These bricks are fantastic for the children to use themselves to make different sounds

On Tuesday morning we will be having a Sports skills session. The children get a chance to show off their sports skills. This was due to happen last year but was cancelled due to the brilliant British weather. If you would like to come and watch and cheer on your child it will be happening at 11-12.30. Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

POWSA Blog - Non ICT Day

I have this little sister Lola, she is small and very funny.  Next Wednesday (the 24th of October) will be a non-ICT day.  That means all the children, including Lola and all the teachers cannot use computers or other technology in school! There will be no blogging, no typing, no googling, no surfing. There will certainly be no interactive white boarding, no tweeting, no ipadding, no videoing and certainly no tomatoes! Lola is looking forward to catching out her teachers, if they use some ICT, they have to pay a 50p fine!  Hopefully all the children will help Lola and raise funds for the school. Thank you - Charlie (and the POWSA Committee) - PS donations to POWSA for school equipment will be welcomed (as always!!)

POWSA Blog - Book Fair!

Just a quick reminder that the scholastic book fair starts today.  The books are available to browse by both children and parents after school Wed-Mon and at the parents evening tonight. Why not stock up on a few Christmas presents, or introduce your kids to another fantastic author? Once our target has been reached, the school receive 60% of the profit back to spend on books for school.  This has proven a very profitable venture in the past and we hope to replicate the success again this year!

Friday, 12 October 2012

I'm sorry but forgot to tell the children that I won't be in on Monday as I am on a course.  They will have Mr. Gibson in to work with them in the afternoon.  He has been in Yearn 4 for 2 days so they may recognise him.

Next week in maths we are continuing with measuring - length, height and mass.  In Literacy we are using a picture of a busy street scene to talk about and then the writing activities will also be based on this.

The work from "The Year 1 Estate Agents" has been very interesting and I will enjoy looking at the different homes which the child have for "Sale".

I look forward to sharing the children's progress in English and Maths with you all on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Have a good weekend, I hope this nice weather remains for the next few days.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012


This week we are thinking about buying new homes.  Today the children did some role play about buying and selling homes then had to describe the types of home they would like to have. 

We have a number who fancy living in a castle and others who think a country estate would make a good home.  Some children like the idea of many rooms, I just hope they realise how much cleaning these big houses would take!

The Year One Estate Agents would be a good place to buy your next property as the prices range from 19p to £385.

Thank you to all those who have already signed up for a Parent's Consultation time.  If you still have to do so please pop in this week as there still a few gaps left.

I would like to award a big star to those parents who have found some of the useful ways to mark which week it is,  in the Home - School Diary.  So far we have a ribbon, a small sticky note and a smart paper clip as a "book mark".  I apologise if other ideas have not yet been noted.  Any other ideas will be shared, so see how ingenious you can be.  They do save time when hunting for the correct pages to write on.  So Thank You once again.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Wild Life Club

For those children in Year 1 who are part of Mr Farrington's WildLife Club, I have put the RSPB website onto your Pupil Links. Why not try it out?

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Pupil Links

We now have some fantastic links on our year 1 pupil links page. It is a working progress that will change depending on the websites that the children will be using during lessons in the week.

It would be great if you could have a go on them and feedback to us.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012


Today some more children have been baking for the Harvest Cafe whilst others printed some apple and pear pictures for the Harvest Art display. 

I hope the art work from last week - leaf pictures and material rubbings will continue next week as the rain has not help with outdoor activities so far this week.

Tomorrow we will continue with our writing about the different types of homes which the farm animals live in and thinking about the differences to their own homes.

In maths the children are working on 1 or 10 more and 1 or 10 fewer/less than numbers and sorting shapes  using given criteria such as shapes which are red and shapes which have 4 sides.

Hopefully there will be some photos of the farm on the whiteboard tomorrow.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Thank you to all those who helped on our trip to Maiden Castle Farm.  The children were a real credit to you all and everyone moved 2 steps up the Rocket Wall for their very good behaviour and attitude, I am most impressed!
The rain cleared up for most of the trip around the farm which was great.  Hazel showed us the different types of homes which the various animals live in and also explained the reasons for the different designs.  I'm sure the children will be able to recall these details when we come to discuss and write about the trip later in the week.

Harvest - Friday 5th October 2012
This week the children will be cooking muffins to sell at the Harvest Cafe on Friday afternoon. 
You are all welcome from 3.00 and if you wish to collect your child to take them into the hall and then go straight home please remember to let one of the Year 1 team know so that their name maybe written on the white board. 

Our Harvest Celebration will be at 9.20 and we look forward to seeing you there, and remember that the produce donated is sold off afterwards. 
There will also be an art display with a harvest theme.  Year 1 has already painted some pictures of fruit trees, many have abundant crops of rosy red apples!