Hear an Easter Message from Headteacher, Jonathan Bishop, to round up another exciting term at Broadclyst Primary.
On Thursday 21st March 2013 local artist Kate Barker came into school and held a print making workshop with class 4CF. The children focused on the theme of nature and produced a series of stencils before the visit. The stencils were used in the process of silk screen printing. The children used textile medium and acrylic paint to create beautiful banners, they thought carefully about the colours and tones found in nature and tried to arrange them in a contrasting way.
The children also focussed on texture creating beautiful mono-prints and printing with rollers and water based ink. The children were really pleased with the effects they created and experimented with many abstract designs and ideas.
Over the past few weeks all of year 2 have had the opportunity to take part in some tennis coaching sessions. An instructor from the Tennis Centre has been teaching the children all of the basics, trying to encourage them to become the next Andy Murray. So far the children have learnt the names for all the lines on a court and how to play a forehand and backhand. Everyone has really enjoyed the sessions and it has been good to see the children learn new skills and put them into practise. The instructor is on the lookout for children with natural talent and is going to offer 10 children the opportunity to visit the tennis centre for a free coaching session.
Forest School has continued for years 1 & 4 this year to great success. Led by Julie Bateman, Calli Walkerdine and Matthew Easterbrook, it gives children the chance to gain a variety of experiences that they could not have inside a classroom. Using both the school’s own forest school site and Julie’s site on the nearby farm, children have had the chance to explore their local environment, learn how to safely use tools such as bow saws, hand drills and knives, and how to responsibly build and extinguish a fire. Forest school is intended to set children up for success and to give them the confidence to take responsibility for their own learning. Many children go through a significant transformation from their first session to their last, and all children thoroughly enjoy their sessions.
2SGO La Tasca Trip
This term year 2 have been learning about Europe and seeing as we realistically couldn’t visit any of the countries ourselves we had to look a bit closer to home! Year 2 decided a trip to the Spanish restaurant La Tasca would give the children the opportunity to learn a bit about the Spanish culture and hopefully sample some of the food. 2SGo made the trip one Monday morning and had an amazing time at the restaurant. They had a Spanish lesson from a native speaker who taught the children the numbers to 10 as well as the days of the week. After that they learnt about some of the Spanish foods before having a salad decorating competition. After this they were lucky enough to have one of the chefs give the children a paella demonstration which was fantastic. They learnt about what goes into paella and how the rice is flavoured as well as some of the other varieties that you can have. The children then sat down to a tapas feast! Spanish meatballs, prawns, fish strips, garlic bread, dips and of course some paella! It was all delicious and everyone had too much to eat. Overall the children had a wonderful time and as they said ‘adios’ were presented with one last treat…a lolly! The staff at the restaurant were fantastic with the children and made the class feel very welcome.
The school’s sponsored sing-a-thon to raise money for the impending trip to Ethiopia by several of our teachers, saw all 13 classes perform during the day, as well as the three school choirs who gave two recitals each. Highlights were the combined key stage performances, which saw ‘Can You Hear My Voice’, the ‘SingUp’ 2013 anthem sung by first 185 (KS1) and later 255 (KS2) children at once. Completing a playlist of over seventy songs, the school concluded the day with a combined choirs’ performance of the ‘SingUp’ anthem once again, to a packed Victory Hall. Our thanks to all those that supported the event in both sponsoring the pupils and attending during the day.
This term, Year 5 has put on their cycling helmets and taken to the track in a ‘Cycling Britain’ competition held at St Luke’s Sports and Technology College. The super cyclists took part in time trials around a marked track navigating twists and turns showing resilience and determination to complete as many laps as possible in a set time. Everyone tried their best and you never know we may have the next Bradley Wiggins!
BCPS fielded two Yr 5/6 football teams in a local competition held on the astroturf at St Lukes Secondary School in Exeter. The mini league was held over two afternoons and involved a total of 11 games of 7 a-side football. The standard of football was very high; however both of the teams from BCPS competed extremely well. Despite losing just one game and conceding only two goals throughout the entire competition, Broadclyst A team came a very close second place and brought back a silver medal. Broadclyst B, which consisted of mainly Year 5 pupils improved throughout the tournament and played some very attractive football. Both teams played in the spirit of the competition which had a strong emphasis on fair-play and respect. Well done to all the boys who were involved.
On 12th March 2013, Class 4CF went to Exmoor Zoo, to learn about Indian animals as part of their topic work on India. The children learnt the story of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, volume two of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Books’ and were able to meet some of the animals in the story. The children had an opportunity to hold a cockroach, stroke a meerkat and came face to face with a scorpion! Thank you to all involved in making this an inspiring and successful day.