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Today we had the first whole school Big Picnic. It was a chance for the children to take part in a good old British tradition.

The children were given a choice for the contents of their picnic box the team in the kitchen worked very hard and very quickly in the morning to make the sandwiches and fill nearly 500 boxes.

Unsurprisingly the British weather did what it does best and light rain meant that the children had to relocate to the marquee on the school field. It didn't dampen their spirits, or their bottoms, and they still had a great time.

Elfic the Jester, entertained the children with his juggling, magic and unicycling. There was a lot of laughing coming from the tent. 

We would like to thank all the staff and parent volunteers who made the Big Picnic possible and we hope that next year the sun will make an appearance! 



East Devon school to host global education conference

surface21Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) will be hosting Decoding the Future, a ground-breaking education conference including both physical participation and attendance via Skype, on Monday 14 September. 

This, the first event of the Cornerstone Teaching School, is a conference that will debate the future of education, and focus on creating a world-class education system for 21st century Britain. Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education at Microsoft, is flying in from Microsoft Headquarters to be keynote speaker and join 100 attendees – including academics, educationalists, school leaders, multi academy trust leaders, government representatives and local authority representatives - at the state-of-the-art new multi-use school hall in Broadclyst. He says: “I’m honoured to join Broadclyst Community Primary School, the impressive group of other speakers, attendees and the community at the Decoding the Future conference. I expect great discussion, and the opportunity to learn, as together we challenge each other to create serious, real change in education.”  

At the same time, through Skype, virtual participants will be joining from both Europe and the US. They will be able to contribute fully to all aspects of the day by posting live into the keynote speeches, participating in the discussions and going on a guided tour of BCPS’s exceptional facilities, both through Skype conference chat and also through Twitter.  

BCPS is a Microsoft Showcase School, and will be demonstrating its use of the latest technology, including 1:1 access to tablet devices, videoconferencing, digital ink and global social connectivity in the classrooms. The proceedings will be filmed, and the Skype videoconferencing will also be recorded.    

Broadclyst Primary Academy Trust, known as Broadclyst Community Primary School, is an exempt charity. Broadclyst Primary Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee registered in England at: Broadclyst Community Primary School, Broadclyst, Devon. Exeter EX5 3JG.  Company No: 07339625 

Sir David Carter, Regional School Commissioner, will give the closing keynote speech entitled When every child attends a good school we will be closer to a world-class education system. He comments: 

“Broadclyst Community Primary School is fast developing a reputation for outstanding education delivered within a culture of innovation. My belief that we need our very best schools to support our wider education system in the South West is the reason why I am so pleased to be able to share my vision and ideas for the region at the conference.”  

Other high-profile speakers include Myles Bremner, Director of the Schools Food Plan, who will discuss Putting the Child at the Heart of the School Day: "What our children eat and their attitude to food really matters,” he says. “Good food and good food culture in schools has been shown to lead not only to healthier, happier and more fulfilled children, but to improved attainment. The School Food Plan is here to support the head teacher to implement a whole school approach and concentrate on the things that children care about."  

As part of the conference, attendees will sample this approach and enjoy three-course meal prepared by the school’s own chef in its purpose-built full catering kitchen.   

John Stephens, Deputy Director, Teaching Schools & School Improvement at the National College for Teaching & Leadership, will be presenting School Led System for Change and Innovation via Skype: “I am delighted to be able to contribute to this exciting event, exploring the many possibilities that technology offers in a world class education system built on partnerships.”  

Jonathan Bishop, Headteacher at BCPS will discuss Individualised Learning on a Global Scale.  

We want to engage school leaders and policy makers and education leaders driving policy in a lively debate. We can demonstrate how, using innovative practice supported by ICT, and high standards of education can be achieved and measured while still ensuring a broad balanced education and rounded personal development for children. 

"While there is a lot of talk about new freedoms for schools, it is not real curriculum freedom when the assessment and examination system dictates practice so strongly. We want to explore how learning can be extended beyond the school day using technology, what equipping learners for the next generation of employment opportunities with relevant knowledge and skills might actually look like. And how that will also generate high-quality outcomes that can be measured. That is the debate and the challenge for the global education community." 


The children of BCPS will also be involved in the conference. In collaboration with the school chef, a children’s cook-off event will be transmitted live to the conference hall as part of the official opening of this exceptional school and community facility.   

In addition, pupils will be interviewing the conference speakers in the school’s TV studio.  

The event will also be used to launch the Global Enterprise Challenge 2015, which links pupils from schools across the world in a project that develops their entrepreneurial skills.  




A new term brings with it a new menu, but it isn't just a question of picking a few recipes from a book.

At the end of the summer term we used different ways of finding out from the children which were the meals they liked and those that they didn't enjoy quite so much. A poll was taken using Yammer and the older children were able to reply and vote for themselves. In the younger years the teacher asked the children and they replied on their behalf.

Alex Pulfer went to each class and spoke to a group of children who are already part of the Dining Club to see what new additions they would like to see on the menu. She also spent time with children who aren't in the Dining Club to see what tempting treats might persuade them to join.

Some of the new choices this term include:

Chicken wrapped in bacon, tortellini with tomato and cheese sauce, Shepherd's/Cottage pie, vegetable chow mein, roast pork (but the children requested a Yorkshire Pudding!), quiche, lemon and herb fish, and it was 100% yes to keeping chocolate mousse on the menu!


Peter Pan

11694762 518289601656232 3645211525482638852 nThe most recent performances by the Drama club were of Peter Pan during the last week of July.  Peter was played by Chloe, and Tinkerbell by Breanna. They, and all of the children playing fairies, mermaids, pirates, Indians and the Darling family performed really well, singing and dancing as well as acting. We are grateful for the support from parents, friends and staff. A performance of Peter Pan is available on Clickview. The Drama club is for children in years 4, 5 and 6. Anyone can join – there are no auditions.



Year 4 Kingfisher

IMG 4491This term year 4 took part in the Kingfisher Awards, with the focus this year, on ‘Pollinators and their role in the Orchard’. They carried out a wide range of work for the project. They baked foods with pollinated ingredients, to sell at the School Fete. This not only helped to raise £230 for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust but also helped raise awareness of the importance of bees. The children also created a fantastic UV flowers light box which showed how bees see flowers. They wrote letters to the BBC to spread the word about the decline of pollinators and how people can help. After completing their projects in class, they then took the work to Newton St Cyres to compete against other schools! The children were fantastic and achieved 2nd place. The judges were particularly impressed with how the children discussed the work. If you would like to find out more about how you can help save the bees, come and speak to year 4 children!




Reception News


1The reception children have had a strawberry-filled few weeks, as they’ve picked them, eaten them, made jam and – the best bit - strawberry ice-cream!

They’ve also been learning about mini-beasts, searching for them and becoming entomologists in the school laboratory. The class loved feeling the squidgy pretend frogs spawn and looking at the various bugs they brought into the class.

In PE, alongside preparing for Sport's Day, the children spent time with Kari Brooks, the dance teacher. They worked hard all term to put on a pirate dance show.


Year 6 News

IMG 0470A group from year 6 took the annual trip to Heatree House in Dartmoor during June. Led by the Heatree instructors, the children had the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of activities including kayaking, climbing, high ropes, mountain biking and archery. They also met with a group from our link school in Holland and worked together in team challenges such as ‘Mission Impossible’- a raft building challenge. The week ended with a camp fire talent show and a moorland walk. A great week was had by all and we would like to thank the staff at Broadclyst School and Heatree who made it so memorable.

Year 6 also took a trip to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth - not to enjoy the donkeys but to learn life skills! During the event, organised by East Devon District Council, the children experienced sessions which taught them basic safety skills in a number of areas. Sessions were run by BT, Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Cornwall Fire Service and the Coastguards. A highlight of the day was a spectacular demonstration of why water should not be used to put out a chip pan fire! The children also learned the importance of washing hands thoroughly in a session run by environmental health.


Year 5 News

Year 5 started this term on a fantastic river journey over the moors and down into Teignmouth. They enjoyed learning river terms and discovering the underwater world with their mini-beast hunt.

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There was no time to relax once they returned, as they began rewinding back to the 1600s. The children produced an incredible performance in the grounds of Killerton House, based around the English Civil war and the rise of the Roundheads, led by Oliver Cromwell.

After all of the excitement had died down, they got stuck straight into filming their documentaries, which are intended to be shown to different schools across the world for the school’s Global Communities Project - some of them are now real pros in front of a camera!

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