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Corn Exchange Concert

Nearly 150 children from six primary schools in the Clyst Vale Local Learning Community, East Devon, took part in a concert at the Exeter Corn Exchange on 27 March.

Prior to the concert the children had weekly rehearsals with teachers Alex Pulfer and Anthony Lees, where they learnt songs and got to grips with samba drumming. Some of the children also played in the band. As well as singing two songs collectively, each school choir performed an individual song.The schools involved were Whimple Primary School, Clyst St Mary Primary School, Rockbeare Primary School, Stoke Canon CofE Primary School, Silverton CofE Primary School, as well as our school who took along the Chamber Choir and Band members. There were two performances for family and friends.The children were amazing and all represented their schools singing a range of upbeat songs. 

Corn exchange concert

Corn exchange concert 2


Year 4 Trip to Morwellham Quay

Year 4 spent the day at Morwellham Quay last week learning about the Victorians. They went underground on a mine train, visited the Harbour Master’s house and dressed up in Victorian clothing. They also went back in time to Victorian school and found out how strict school used to be!M quay 3

M quay 2


Year 2 Tesco Sustainability Trail

Year 2 had the opportunity to visit Tesco and take part in a ‘Sustainability Trail’ as part of our ‘Around the World’ project. They considered what sustainability means, took part in a store hunt to find Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance goods and made their own Fair Trade Banana and Strawberry Delight! They learnt about the process cocoa goes through to be made into chocolate, with a winning vote given to the usual milk chocolate over the bitter cocoa in a taste test. They enjoyed searching the store for sustainable produce and were surprised to find out how many products are not produced in the UK. They even took home their own sustainability goodie bag!


Southwest School’s Cup

Southwest School’s Cup

On Wednesday 8th March footballers from years 4 and 5 went to Okehampton to take part in the Saints South West Football competition. They performed really well in very wet and windy conditions. Overall they won 3 games, drew 2 and lost 2. Harry Crease from year 4 was our top scorer with 5 of our goals. Harry Crease, Charlie Ebdon and Fraser Pearce were offered invitations to Southampton FC trial after being scouted during the tournament.

The Team was: Ben Gale, Joel Buckeridge, Fraser Pearce, Charlie Watkins, Charlie Ebdon, George Davey, Ben Pulfer, Jack Bauer, Harry Crease


Dunster Castle

On Monday Year One went to Dunster castle. We had a busy day exploring the castle and the grounds. We learnt what it was like to live in a castle over 800 years ago. There were no toilets and they only took a bath once a month, they must have been really smelly! We dressed up as lords and ladies and tried out a servants bed (an itchy sack).



 We heard the tale of the Dunster dragon and went on an adventure to find evidence. We then pretended we were knights attacking the castle, creeping up the steep hill. Finally, we had a go at jousting with wooden swords and horses. We all had a fantastic time! 


Fantastic Mr Fox

On Thursday, the cast of Fantastic Mr Fox entertained their audiences with two very energetic performances. The 31 children involved were transformed into a cast of woodland creatures that dug for their lives to escape from the fat, short and mean farmers - Boggis, Bunce and Bean! Lively folk music provided the soundtrack to the foxes adventures, full of much chicken stealing, duck eating, cider swilling fun. Fraser Pearce who played Mr Fox said ‘I have really enjoyed taking on this part. It was hard learning all the lines but it has helped me to become more responsible and it has really helped me to develop my confidence.’ A fantastic performance indeed.




On Friday 10th March, the children from Reception to Year 3 had their annual school disco. There was plenty of energy shown during the evening, by the children (and adults) performing a whole host of moves on the dancefloor. DJ Ross did a great job of playing the right songs throughout the night, and organising the various dance competitions. A big thank you to the staff and parent volunteers for all their help, and the team at Clyst Vale Community College for being so accommodating.


BCPS recognised as Centre of Assessment Excellence

Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) has been recognised as a Centre of Assessment Excellence during GL Assessment’s 5th National Assessment Conference in London on 3 March.

Headteacher Jonathan Bishop, who spoke at the event on the subject of Identifying Coasting Students, was presented with a plaque in recognition of the school’s partnership with GL Assessment.

Mr Bishop commented: “Accurate assessment information is crucial to really understanding not only what a child has achieved but also his/her potential. It allows teachers to target, support and resource children’s learning to give them the best possibility of success.

“The ‘coasting child’ is the one who, with the right challenges and high expectation, can achieve more. We often focus on the less able or underperforming children, and on the really bright capable ones. However, the ones who fit into the ‘normal’ band are those who could be coasting – they are the ones where accurate, targeted assessment information will help us to get the best out of each of them.”

His talk included a live Skype link-up with year 6 at BCPS. The response from delegates on Twitter highlighted the confidence and articulacy of the students.

Sarah Haythornthwaite, Director at GL Assessment, said: “Broadclyst Community Primary School is a fantastic example of how assessments can be used to provide the best possible outcomes for children. The school uses assessments that enable them to gain a complete understanding of their pupils’ needs and they are proud to support other schools across the country as they develop their own approaches to assessment. We are delighted that they have become one of our Centres of Assessment Excellence and we look forward to continuing to work together to share best practice.”

GL Assessment’s Centres of Assessment Excellence use their assessments to gain a complete understanding of each individual learner’s needs including attitude, ability and attainment. This allows teachers to make informed teaching and learning decisions and to track progress effectively over time. It also provides evidence of progress to Ofsted and key stakeholders such as parents and governors.

Centres of Assessment Excellence ensure the best possible outcomes for pupils. Schools can join GL Assessment’s network of partners and share experiences and learn from others. They support schools in their surrounding area to develop good assessment practice that can contribute to raising standards.

More information on the Centres of Assessment Excellence programme can be found at www.gl-assessment.co.uk/CoAE


Orchestral Extravaganza

Seven children from years 4, 5 and 6 took part in an orchestral extravaganza with members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Exeter University Great Hall on 2 March.

Playing a variety of brass, wind and string instruments, the children played in a workshop during the day, and were also invited back to perform on stage at an evening concert that included music by Shostakovich and Holst, watched by their families and friends.

The talented Broadclyst musicians were Maddie Grabham, Harry Smith, Tilly Pulfer, Ben Pulfer, Freddie Sansbury, Lily Rose Burwood and Ray Phillips.

Maddie from Year 6 described it as “an amazing experience playing in the finale, we played Mars by Holst. It was really inspiring to watch the other children and the musicians from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.” 

And Harry Smith from Year 4 said “It was a really fun evening where we got to play with loads of other schools in a gigantic theatre! We played one song, ‘Mars’, which I was slightly nervous to perform to begin with as I only started playing Trombone recently. The evening was amazing fun and I cannot wait for the next one.” 

The event was organised by the Devon Music Education Hub.

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