Having met weekly, the KS1 and KS2 choirs are looking forward to sharing their growing repertoire publicly before Christmas. Last week the chamber choir enjoyed their first chance to perform publicly this year, with two evening concerts in the beautiful and atmospheric music room at Killerton House. Audiences experienced an entertaining mix of modern pop songs, traditional choral music and African folk song. The pupils were rewarded for all their hard work, by the enthusiastic responses of their audiences. Following this, their first studio recording of the year, 'Rule The World' may soon be available.
The year threes have now had over half a term of weekly brass lessons, and have worked hard to master a number of pieces, from rock anthems to traditional orchestral standards. Playing a range of trumpets, trombones and baritones, the children have developed from playing single melodies together, to begin playing rounds and now pieces in two, three and four different parts. The challenges of beginning to read musical notation and working as a team have caused some frustration along the way, but as they persevere they are finding real satisfaction in the hard-earned skills they now have. As December approaches, their repertoire now turns to carols, and hopefully some opportunities to share what they can do.
The members of drum club are very excited about the impending arrival of the school's new taiko drum set, which promises to be an exciting step forward in their music making together. So far this term the club have been using a set if African djembe drums to compose rhythmic pieces, accompany songs and build their skills through rhythm games and challenges.
The samba club has swelled dramatically this term, seeing many new members, and after several weeks of playing together and gathering skills, is now polishing it's first pieces ready for public consumption. The group's energetic and infectious playing will hopefully be on show at the Christmas Fair.
Great news, Broadclyst Primary school has been recognised for its successful relationships and achievements working with other schools internationally. We have been successful in gaining the International School Award. The judging panel commented on our “impressive range of international work in the school”
With the various projects we undertake throughout the year including the year 6 enterprise project we have been able to establish successful links with other schools. We work closely with a school in the Netherlands, France, and India and we have been doing some successful fundraising work for a school in Ethiopia and Brazil. Thank you all, for all your hard work and participation in our international projects.
Years 3 and 4 worked very hard for their harvest festival production. This has involved learning a number of songs, ranging from traditional harvest songs such as ‘We Plough the Fields and Scatter’ to more modern songs like ‘Walking on Sunshine’.. there was also a number of acting opportunities, which involved a range of scenarios from digging in the fields to making corn dollies and hearing speeches delivered by our excellent Lord of the Harvest. The production itself involved some excellent live performances such as African drumming. All of the children worked incredibly hard and put on an amazing show, and year three are already looking forward to the challenge of making next year’s production even better!
The year 6 enterprise project is well underway! Twelve companies are now up and running with their own professional logos and prototypes with the aim of selling their perfected products at the Christmas Fair. Market research has been taking place around the school so each company can ensure that they are making the most effective and attractive products for their customers. The companies had the chance to go on an exchange with Clyst St Mary Primary School, who are also taking part in the project, with companies from each school joining together to share ideas and extend their own products. We look forward to seeing the next stage of their projects!
On the first and second weekend of October, year 6 went on their annual residential to the Dartmoor Training Centre. The children and teachers took part in lots of exciting outdoor activities including caving, a hike on the moors and orienteering. Both weekends were blessed with beautiful weather and the children had a fantastic time trying lots of new outdoor pursuits! Thank you to all of the staff and children who helped to make the residential a great success.
Forest School at Broadclyst in now in its second year and proving very successful. Each term a different group of Year 4 pupils enjoy the activities and experiences in the forest, either in the on-site orchard or over at Martinsfield Farm.
The programme combines practical skills and activities with techniques to encourage creativity, independence, raise self-confidence and self-esteem and promote social skills. The same group of children attends a number of sessions, usually at weekly intervals, of about two hours duration, so that they build up their skills as the weeks progress. Its cross-curricular approach fits with the school’s ethos and aims of providing a rich and broad curriculum that builds confidence and produces creative thinkers and problem-solvers.
Originally a Scandanavian concept, Forest Schools have been proven to be an effective foundation that has raised academic achievements. The children develop a variety of life skills: altruism, independence, self-awareness and social communication skills, all of which assist individuals to grow in self-esteem and confidence. In studies, children have appeared to: be more balanced with greater social capability, have fewer days off sick; be more able to concentrate and have better co-ordination with a greater ability to work in groups.
This year the children in Year 1 will all get the opportunity to take part in Forest School. The sessions are led by Julie Bateman and the Year 1 teachers, and will take place at both her Forest School site at Martinsfield farm and at our school site. The children will get the opportunity to identify and use local flora and fauna and will be encouraged to explore and use all their senses. Tools are used in Forest Schools in a traditional woodland manner and this use of tools in the wood promotes trust and self-confidence within those taking part and their use will develop both gross and fine motor skills. They will have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.