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Parley First School

Glenmoor Road, Ferndown, Dorset. BH22 8QE

01202 874400

Gallery Archive 2015/16

Farewell for another year!

Rio Carnival Inspired Arts Week 

Last week the children all took part in Arts Week and the theme for the week was the Rio Olympics. The children all designed and made a carnival mask using lots of resources. The children also joined in with a mini Olympics which included hobby horse racing, Frisbee throwing and welly boot throwing.  Mrs. Hawker and Mr. Brown gave each class a Samba taster session. Finally, on Friday the children had a really Samba Band (Samba Panashe) which led the whole school carnival parade. The children had a fun filled week full of new experiences.

A fantastic community day with Ferndown Upper School resulted in our very own newspaper!

Design a Honey Jar Label Competition

Leo from RB won the label a honey jar competition. The honey from Totty’s bees will be available at the school fair to buy. Totty will also be selling lip balm, pencils and honey soap.

Rocket Seeds - THE RESULT!

We guessed correctly!

Tim Peake revealed this week that it was the BLUE packet of seeds that had been in space with him!

We came to this conclusion at the end of the experiment based on the fact that 84% of the seeds from the red packet were alive, compared to only 77% of the seeds from the blue packet.

We felt that being in space would have hindered their growth rather than helped!

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Rocket Seeds - Final Data

Seedlings measured and counted, data submitted and rocket plants now growing in our garden! Not long now till we find out…….Red or Blue…….?!


4 Little Ducklings

The Reception children are delighted to announce that they have 4 soft, fluffy ducklings that have hatched from the eggs in their incubator.  What names can we give each of our ducklings?

 Tri Golf East Dorset Schools Competition

Parley First School sent three teams to Ferndown to participate in the Big Swing Tri Golf Tournament on Thursday 5th May 2015. We were blessed with some lovely weather (for a change!) and enjoyed the outdoors along with pupils from other East Dorset schools.

The children have been having ‘golf lessons’ at school from Darren Strachan this term and it was good practice to put all the putting and chipping skills into practice in the fun, team relay games that were organised.

A Parley Team has been put forward to play in the Finals later in June at Bryanston School for demonstrating great sportsmanship throughout the tournament, so we are looking forward to this exciting event.

Parley Blue Tit Nesting Box

Spring has arrived! Take a look at what is happening in our very own nesting box.


A Fantastic New Mini Bus!

The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation (JTYAF) has  handed over the keys to a 16 seater minibus which will serve Ferndown Upper School, Ferndown Middle School, West Moors Middle School, Beaucroft Foundation School, Ferndown First School, Parley First School, Hampreston First School and 2358 (Ferndown) Squadron Air Cadets.

Rocket Seeds!

Parley First School are lucky enough to have been selected to take part in a national experiment to test seeds that have been in space! The Rocket Science project is being  run by the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and ESA (European Space Agency.)

We have been sent 200 rocket(!) salad seeds – 100 in a blue packet and 100 in a red packet. One of the packets (we haven’t been told which,) has been on the International Space Station for 6 months - part of that time with Tim Peake! They were brought back to earth by American astronaut Scott Kelly in March.

The task for our Eco-council is to grow the seeds (under very strict scientific conditions) and monitor and measure their growth over 6 weeks and record our findings onto a national database.

The idea is to see if the seeds have been affected in any way by being in space and whether they will grow more or less than the seeds which have stayed on Earth!

They won’t tell us until the end, which is which!!

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85% of the red seeds have grown
77% of the blue seeds have grown

But they all look equally healthy so far………!

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Year 4 AquaSplash and Swim Gala

Parley First School was represented in the recent AquaSplash and Swimming Gala.  The AquaSplash event is aimed primarily at less confident swimmers and consists of relay races  in the shallow end swimming with woggles, floats, balls and bears.  However, due to the illness bug infecting many or our entrants, our main swimmers filled in their places at the last minute.  Thanks to all of their efforts, Parley came second in this event, just one point behind the winning school.  Our main swimmers swam really well in the swimming gala, in both their individual and relay races.  Congratulations to Alexander Winter, who got the best overall time in the 25m Boys Freestyle event, who now goes forward to represent East Dorset in the Dorset School Games on June 16th.
Our Aquasplashers were Alfie Maybury, Lucy Brown, Henry Evans, Sophie Errington, Aimee Clarke, Ellie Clarke, Millie Jackson and Abigail Moore.
Our swimmers were Millie Jackson, Alexander Winter, Sophie Errington, James Winter, Aimee Clarke, Isaac McNeill, Abigail Moore, Henry Evans and Lucy Brown.

POPS Easter Egg Competition 

Well Done to everyone who took part!


Sports Relief 2016

THANKYOU to everyone for supporting this worthwhile cause.

We raised a fantastic...... £169.47 !!

World Book Day

The children have been learning all about authors, characters and sharing their favourite books. They finished off the week by coming to school dressed as their favourite book character.

World Book Day Assembly
World Book Day Assembly


Scoot to School - Friday 26th February

Well done to everyone who scooted in to school this morning – thank you to you all! 

188 children scooted in this morning, which is a massive number!   I will be letting Rachel from Sustrans know our total amount. Hopefully this will be one of the top 3 schools taking part in this local event and you will have won a scooter pod for the school.  24 children scooted in from each Reception Class, which was a fantastic result!  1H had 19 children scoot in, 1N – 22, 2W and 2WJ both had 19, 3B had 18, 3D – 8, 4P – 21 and 4R - 14.  I think that some teachers need to award extra Golden Time to their classes for doing so well 

Today has also been practice for ‘The Big Pedal’, a national event coming up in April, in which we encourage the children to either scoot or cycle to school over a 2 week period, but we also encourage parents/carers/siblings who come to school with the Parley Pupils to also cycle or scoot – every person counts!  I will be giving out more details nearer the time.

Thank you for supporting Parley this morning and I await any news from Rachel letting us know how we did – we just need to keep our fingers crossed!  Watch this space! 

Thankyou to everyone who helped support Children In Need

Year 4 Football at Ferndown First School - Jan 20th 2016

Dorset Tumbling Competition - 22nd Nov 2015

Well done to everyone who took part!

Science Boffins Day! 
POPS very kindly agreed to fund a Science Day which included an exciting assembly for the whole school followed by some interactive workshops for the older children.
The findings from the pupil voice survey showed that the children really wanted more science involving ‘explosions & potions’ and also highlighted a need for the children to be making links to science and ‘the real world’, being able to explain what scientists do, why it is important and how it can be applied to solving problems in the wider world.
Hopefully this day ticked a lot of those boxes!

Year 2 Outdoor Curriculum Area

Our Year Two team have been busy enhancing the new outdoor curriculum area and were pleased to receive a generous donation of grasses and plants this week from Haskins Garden centre. We have also received a further donation of compost which will be used to rejuvenate the vegetable patch in the school garden area. We are very grateful to Haskins for their donation and to Mrs Brooks and the team for organising this.


Bikeability Level 1 Course - October 2015

October 5th was a very wet afternoon, so we were unable to complete the practical part of the course. Fortunately, the weather was much kinder this Monday 12th and the children were cycling in the sunshine, learning about the different parts of a bike and how to keep safe and be seen. Once the children had checked their helmets and bicycles, they learned to look behind them before setting off or signalling, ensuring it is safe to do so. Then came the tricky part of cycling with one hand as they signalled right and left. They also learned how to carry out a controlled emergency stop. These skills will prepare them for both cycling for pleasure and essential if children want to progress onto Level 2 once they are 9 years old. 

Thank you for not moaning when we all got very wet last week and for coming back this week to finish the course. Well done to you all!

This was a very successful course and I thank Rob Doyle and Ben Timberlake from Ferndown Leisure Centre for coming to school to run it.


 Meet our School Council for 2015/16