Not flashy but good fun. For those keeping notes, Jungle Adventure Golf on Shanklin Esplanade disappeared in to make way for some slides and bumper cars. No flowers please. The Needles Lighthouse. If your children won't complain about falling in the icy waters around the Isle of Wight then there are loads of watersports on offer. Some have age restrictions, but if you're older than 8 or 9 then there are some good options.
Shanklin is your best bet for this option. As I've said before, trying to educate your children in August is a bad move. However, once you get into the main room, it is much more child-friendly with things to prod, poke and smell. There are staggeringly large bones which are well presented and genuinely interesting. Dinosaur Isle's funky building. Good luck finding a film that everyone is happy with….
Newport's 11 screen cinema. The Wii version of bowling is certainly cheaper for a family activity, but you can't beat the real thing. Sandown Pier also has a half decent and cheap bowling alley with four lanes. Just round the corner from Dinosaur Isle on Sandown esplanade is Sandham Gardens, which has been revamped with a number of new things being added and other stuff planned for the future.
See our toddlers guide for more playground advice.
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The Isle of Wight has loads of gruelling cycle routes down chalk ridges and up steep hills but if your child's helmet has Moana or Spiderman on it then it's probably best to keep it simple and traffic free. Most families with children on wobbly bicycles attempt a section of the Red Squirrel Trail. It's mostly former railway lines i. The whole thing is 32 miles long and covers Cowes , Newport , Shanklin and Sandown but you can easily just do a small section of it.
Wight Cycle Hire is at the former railway station in Yarmouth. They also hold training events where you can watch the lifeboat being launched. Details are usually on their Facebook page. A warm day is preferable, or you'll soon be calling it the 'Freezer'. Hold on to your hats! You can hop on and off all four, and you can buy an all day ticket which also covers the connecting 'normal' buses.
I would say that the Needles Breezer is better for seeing unspoilt scenery and some sea views, whereas the Downs Breezer is better if you want to stop at busy seaside resorts and attractions on route having said that, Brading Downs has lovely views. It is very scenic in places but personally I'd be somewhat sick of buses after three hours and it's not circular so you'll need to get another bus back to wherever you are staying. Of course, you could just do part of the journey. It's no longer an open top bus. It's better value if you travel in a group.
One ticket gives you access to all four buses and other Southern Vectis buses - so you can attempt a bus tour challenge if you fancy it. Go-karts are never a cheap day out, but Wight Karting near Ryde does family deals and it gets rave reviews from visitors. There are various speeds of vehicle available, so anyone over the age of 3 can take part. It even runs in wet weather, ideal for those who like the 'drowned rat' look.
Carisbrooke Castle. If you plan to visit two or three of the Isle of Wight's English Heritage properties then you might consider membership. A round trip takes about an hour, but they do put on special events throughout the year and there's also a play area, woodland walk and the 'train story discovery centre'. The train route is inland and goes through some nice scenic fields. Train enthusiasts at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. It's a former London underground train which is so old that it's become a vintage tourist attraction and is due to be replaced soon.
The route is relatively attractive but not stunning the bit along the pier is the most exciting. We wrote a blog about our trip on the Island Line service. Encouraging young girls to try horse riding carries a severe risk of a lifetime of poverty, weekend gymkhanas and shovelling manure at 6am. They're one step up from the kind of thing your mother used to write, although you do have to pay for them about seven pounds.
They usually take a couple of hours and involve a walk of a couple of miles, although some are done on bike and travel a bigger distance. If you get stuck you can text them and they'll give you a hand, and if you complete the puzzle you can enter a prize draw and download a certificate.
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Our five year old detective trying to crack the case in Cowes. So far we've done the Treasure Trails in : Cowes - couple of hours around the town, about 30 steps but you can take a detour if you've got a pushchair. Small playground towards the end of the route. Some scenic seaside bits. Godshill - shorter and more compact Treasure Trail with less walking and a couple of tricky questions. Keep a close eye on children in the pavement-free areas and shops selling breakables. Ventnor - lots of lovely views, very steep hills to climb, took us two hours.
Playground about halfway round the route. About 20 steps, but you can take a detour if you know the town a bit. Probably my favourite so far. Mostly off road, we managed it with a pushchair though there was a steep slope with steps at one point. The basic idea is that you download an app on a smartphone which shows you roughly where little boxes of 'treasure' are hidden all over the world. The 'treasure' is usually a tupperware box full of little trinkets that has been hidden by a fellow geocacher.
You sign a log book, swap a trinket if you want to and then declare to the world that you found it. There are lots of 'caches' hidden across the Isle of Wight, some of which are at landmarks and historic sites. We wrote a blog about our first Isle of Wight geocache adventure. It is English tweeness turned all the way up to 11 with a thatched roof, garish pink walls and a well-kept 'fairy garden'. It is right in the middle of Shanklin's olde village, which is pretty twee in itself. Catch the ferry to see fairies in Shanklin. Sandown, Shanklin and Ryde have amusement arcades on their esplanades.
Ventnor's Gaiety seafront amusement arcade was boarded up a few years ago and is looking a little sorry for itself. On Ryde's Esplanade, towards the Appley end you will find Peter Pan's Funfair and Amusements , which is aimed at younger children and has things like a small carousel, teacups and little cars to drive. I've only looked at it in passing, but I would politely describe the reviews as 'mixed'. There are some good reviews, but more than one person uses the phrase 'run down' which presumably is a critique rather than an instruction.
Meanwhile, Shanklin Seafront has some small funfair type attractions, like those balls you climb inside and run on water. Peter Pan's Funfair in Ryde. Prepare yourself for sniggering and poo-related puns with remnants from safari animals and ancient humans amongst retro toilet seats and educational bits about the power of poo.
At the time of writing it had left the Zoo for a bit, but was on offer nearby as a 'plop-up' attraction. I know what you're thinking - my kids are not going to be impressed if I take them to something which is bordering on educational during the school holidays. However, the Wight Military and Heritage Museum may well appeal to some as they offer rides in armoured vehicles. Check their website in advance as it is a charity run by volunteers. Taking children on a boat trip is a bit of a gamble, as there is always a chance that one member of your party will start to feel sick and ask to go home when you are sat out in the Solent.
They also do a fishing trip which lasts a couple of hours. The Isle of Wight has a busy calendar of events which start around mid-Spring and continue until the Autumn see our guide to festivals and carnivals. Along similar lines, Jay Miller's Circus turns up on the Isle of Wight for a few weeks in the summer. The National Trust run sandcastle building competitions in July and August more details in our annual events guide. Sandown's Pier is one of four left on the Isle of Wight Yarmouth, Ryde and Totland are the others but it is the only one which offers classic pier-style attractions.
You'll also find a cheap bowling alley, minigolf, indoor play and a couple of bars. It's cheap and cheerful but it's a good way to waste a couple of hours if it suddenly starts raining when you are sat on the beach in your pants. Read the blog about Sandown Pier. Chessell Pottery Cafe is a pleasant attraction in the West Wight where pleasant people eat pleasant cream teas whilst painting pleasant pottery. You then pay to buy a plate, mug or whatever you fancy painting. My daughter chose a unicorn, obviously. You can either have your pottery glazed or use acrylic paints which is less durable.
Unfortunately, the only real option for most holidaymakers is acrylic paints, as it takes about two weeks for pottery to be glazed and they don't post them out anymore this changed a couple of years ago. Now don't get me wrong. Nor will they be impressed with the adjacent manor house which is owned by Benedict Cumberbatch's in laws the house is closed to the public apart from a couple of days a year. Harry Pot-ter hiding in a tree at Mottistone Gardens. Thank you also to the parents who have taken the time to let me know that they think staying outdoors in almost all weathers is a positive thing.
P5 with Miss Howson. This term Primary 5 are exploring states of matter and substances as part of our introduction into chemistry! This started with an opportunity to make Ooblek a non-newtonian fluid which changes with force. We build on what we had learned in previous years, about solids, liquids, gases. We discussed how water is found naturally in all three states and reminded ourselves of the water cycle. We began to look at how molecules in substances look and you can see our photos of us being the molecules in a solid, liquid and gases state!
We discussed how heat equals energy, so we break bonds and move more freely!
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This terms science topic is looking at substances and chemical mixtures. To introduce the idea of chemical mixtures more than one component within an item we used Chromatography. Each pupil was shown 2 ways to conduct the experiment, and then with a partner had to agree on what protocols and techniques they were going to use.
It was brilliant to watch the class as young scientists, discussing how to get the best results. After some experimentation, the class were then allowed to change the experiment, opting to investigate if we had to use filter paper or if normal paper would work. We were astonished to find out kitchen roll works!
It was brilliant to see the different colours in our inks — and we created a brilliant display to show this science off! If you would like to recreate this experiment at home you will need, a cup of water, a long piece of kitchen roll and some felt tipped pens. Draw a line a 5 cm from the bottom of your kitchen roll in felt tip. Place 3cm of kitchen roll below the line into water. Our young scientists can explain to you why! We began to discuss the differences between mixtures and solutions this week, by watching Ms Howson make a picnic for herself — we all thought it was a little unfair!
Into the first bowl she added: granola, dried apple bits, chocolate buttons, white chocolate buttons, and into the second bowl she added orange dilute and water. We were given a task, in groups discuss strategies we could use to separate the items in the bowls into their original items.
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It was a lot trickier to separate the orange juice! We then watched The Great Picnic Mix-up and returned to our mixtures with our new knowledge and could discuss what was a mixture, and what was a solution — and how and why we could tell them apart. With our new knowledge of solutions and mixtures it was time to make our own! We had four stations set around the room, each with a bowl, water and a bag of solute different types of sugar and salts.
To begin with we each went around the four stations in teams, trying to work out if our solute did dissolve, and how best to measure. We agreed on a sprinkle measure as a class. We were then given team captains and assigned a station — our task was to recreate the experiment, tallying each sprinkle to see the solubility of each solute.
We worked hard as teams, sprinkling and tally marking trying to discover which solute would win! After we had tidied up we discussed how we could improve the accuracy of our experiment standardised measure, same temp water, same number of stirs. We agreed as a class we may return to this experiment later in the year and complete it in a more scientific way! To recreate this science at home: you need a cup of water and a solute salt, sugar anything that would dissolve in the water.
Our young scientists can explain why this works, what dissolving is, and why you cannot dissolve forever! Report from the sidelines.
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Well done to our football team who did Abbeyhill proud at their first match last Saturday! There was some excellent football for our team and best of all, great teamwork. The parents and carers were great too at giving support and encouragement. Our opponents — Wardie — were all P7s and a well established team. They initially took a strong lead but in the second half Abbeyhill played some amazing football and pulled back to , the final score.
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And finally…. Are you looking for things to do in the Leith and Abbeyhill area? If you want to have a look now, please click here to access the website. Remember that school is closed for the September weekend on Monday 16th September but we resume as normal on Tuesday 17th. Have a lovely weekend! Thank you again to Graham Construction for their generous sponsorship. Good luck to the team for their first match of the season which is tomorrow; you can follow their progress on twitter FCPrimary. Yesterday we had our second Meet the Teacher Marketplace event.
Following on from the success of last year, we invited some our community partners to come along so that families could have a chat to them and find out a bit more about what they are doing to help us deliver a rich and varied curriculum at Abbeyhill. Gary Young represented The Mindful Enterprise who will begin work with the P4s in a few weeks; training them in mindful techniques to support learning and relationships.
P will have their refresher courses and P will start their sessions with Robin Harris from Young Minds Meditation shortly. And of course, we will continue our regular mindfulness and yoga assemblies! Gemma-Rose Lansdown came from Education Scotland to talk about our Gender Balance and Equality project and was of course a very familiar face to our P2s who were delighted to see her. Rosie Palmer represented the Palace of Holyrood House who we will partner with when their newly renovated Education Centre opens later this year. We will pilot their educations programmes and make suggestions for new ones.
Mrs Flowers has a lot of ideas already! Simon Preston, Chair of our Parent Council, gave a warm welcome to all families, new and existing, and reminded them about all the ways that they can be part of school life. Early feedback suggests that the event was enjoyed and valued by everyone. Next week, P5 will be heading to the park as part of Archaeology month to learn about Celts and Romans so I look forward to sharing photos and news from what they get up to.
Our first class newsletter will also be shared on Friday so please keep an eye out for more news from Abbeyhill! Some strong homework efforts! Listening Spot Russell McLarty did his first Listening Spot on Wednesday and was a very popular figure with his umbrella in the playground!