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Year 3 - Class LW

  • Published in Juniors


Introducing topic work is a great way to inspire and motivate the children to be inquisitive in class. Over the year Class 3LW will take part in a number of exciting topics which incorporate learning both in and out of the classroom. The children will begin the year with the topic 'The Enchanted Woodland'. After a mysterious visit from Mr Fox, whose home the Enchanted Woodland has been destroyed, the class have been tasked with finding out all about life in the woods through various sources and creating a new home with their knowledge. The class will visit a local wood, grow their own beans and investigate the conditions needed for growth, as well as explore how animals adapt to life in different habitats around the world.

In year 3 we carry out a number of debates on both topical and more abstract statements. The children are encouraged to think about the ways in which people may make assumptions and may have thoughts that differ to their own. We will also be learning how language can be effective in posters, speeches and debates and how it can be used to convey an important message or meaning.


The children will begin a new approach to reading this year, through the Read Write Inc program 'Fresh Start', and through Accelerated Reader. The children are encouraged to read regularly both in school and at home. They are given opportunities to read stories to the class as well as recording their own stories in the BTV studio.


This year we will be talking about Internet Safety and watching videos endorsed by the CEOP in order for the children to understand the dangers and risks that could be posed from being on the internet.

All of the class are involved in recording TV programmes for our school BTV channel. They are able to film each other both in the class and in the studio and will begin to edit their videos this year using Pinnacle Studio.


Year 2 and 3 children are given the opportunity to swim at Middlemoor swimming pool every Wednesday. During these lessons, the children are led by trained lifeguards and swimming instructors to learn and develop key skills including basic lifesaving.

Harvest Festival

Year 3 and 4 have the exciting task of the school’s Harvest Festival, performed in front of parents and the rest of the school during the autumn term. They all work hard to learn a range of songs and this year are celebrating ‘Harvest around the World’, focusing on Harvest in each of our link school countries.


Year 4 Class ME

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We have reached the end of what has been a truly amazing year. I have really loved getting to know each and every one of the children in year four and have some fantastic memories of the great things we have done together.

We have been to forest school, come second in the Kingfisher Awards, created a book together, done some Indian dancing, visited Exmoor Zoo and done so many more things as well.

I wish all of you the best of luck for year five and am looking forward to the next time I can see you!

Best wishes for the future,

Mr. Easterbrook


Year 6 Class TC/JL

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Curriculum & Projects

Year 6 children enjoy the annual Enterprise Project which is the focus of the autumn term and requires a real-life business skills approach. A bigger and better version is developing every year as the international links are increasing and the liaison between the children in Holland is becoming more frequent and effective via webcams, email and the BCPS intranet.  Our Clyst St Mary partner has also been extremely successful with exchange visits in order that the children can work with their ‘branch colleagues’ in person as they develop and test their products and markets. This cross-curricular ‘real-life’ purpose-led project allows the children to experience the full process of business creation, branding, market and product research and analysis, product costing, prototype testing, a real life ‘Dragon’s Den’ where each company pitches for their £20 investment, marketing strategy development,  production, advertising and the development of selling techniques with ongoing financial management. The children this are always highly motivated and determined to ensure that they maximise their profits at the major selling opportunity, the PTFA Christmas Fayre, in December, with their profits funding their Summer Leaver’s Party.

Many science / maths investigations also take place throughout the year including the ‘Eggy Challenge’ where groups compete to ensure their egg makes it safely to the finish through good design and engineering including crumple zone structure and material properties consideration! Practical science is enjoyed over the year with visits to Clyst Vale Community College to experience chemicals, explosions and ‘jelly baby cremation!’

20th Century History is a focus throughout the course of the year with children discovering the importance and influence of events and people over the century on our lives today resulting in a number of BTV programmes which are screened for the whole school.

Debates, discussions and presentations form a key aspect of learning in Year 6 on a variety of topics including religion, logic, science, and much, much more. Of course, the basic foundation of maths and English is practised and consolidated over the course of the year in order to build and use the children’s confidence and creative thinking skills with success and high standards.

Of course, SATs (government tests) are an important element of the Year 6 curriculum and the children work very hard to achieve the best results possible. Our results reflect this hard work and are well above the national average.


Dartmoor Residentials

Year 6 children enjoy two Outdoor Education residential trips in the year. The first is at Dartmoor Training Centre.  The weekends on Dartmoor are highly successful and much fun allowing the children to develop their independent lives away from home and meet new challenges which are require both physical effort and teamwork. Usually, under  blue skies,  all the children take part in a Tor hike, caving, proving a challenge for some as they haul themselves through the narrow tunnels and over the ‘cheese grater’, and forest orienteering.

The second week-long residential runs in the Summer term usually at Heatree Outdoor Activity Centre, with the opportunity for all children to learn teamwork, social skills and push themselves to achieve  and experience success with highly physical activities they’ve not tried before, including climbing, abseiling, canoeing and rock scrambling.

Cycle Week, Life Skills

All Year Six children have the opportunity to participate in Bikeability Cycle Training run by Devon County Council. If competent, the children complete Levels one and two which teaches everything from basic bike skills to real traffic conditions on local roads.

Life Skills, organised and led by Devon & Cornwall Police involves a number of workshops covering first aid, water safety, fire, alcohol, drugs, road safety, food safety, and hazards. With other schools in the area this is a chance to acquire important life skills ready for their next life step onto secondary school.

Christmas Production

Every year the Year 6 children develop and deliver a joyous Christmas Production at the local church for parents and KS2 year groups. As always, there are plenty of Christmas carols and more modern songs for the congregation to join in with. There is always a modern twist which over the years has included appearances by Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor, and Doctor Who.


Top Trumps!

Top Trumps

Congratulations to Freddie Whitelock who had his own superhero character made into a ‘Top Trump’ card, following a competition run by Exeter Phoenix.

“First I had to think of what he was going to be like and what name he would have. I chose for him to be a round blue man with lots of weapons and gadgets. I gave him lots of weapons and gadgets because I really like army things and I quite like spies. I called him Mr Bang because of all the weapons he has. After we did that we had to write about him like what his weakness is and what his favourite food is and what his favourite game is. Then we had to draw a picture of him then colour him in. When I finished miss sent it to the Exeter phoenix.”


School Choir

The school Choir have performed several times in the last few weeks. On Tuesday 10th July, they took part in the Local Learning Community Concert. It was great to see so many children from across all the schools come together to sing. The video below is of the Chamber Choir singing at the event.

On Thursday 12th July, all of three School Choirs - the Chamber Choir, KS2 Choir and KS1 Choir, all sang at the summer concert. Unfortunately, the Picnic concert had to be moved to Clyst Vale Community College due to the poor weather. The choirs have been practicing very hard for many months, culminating in the amazing performance given on the night. A big thank you to the staff involved - Charlotte White, Alex Pulfer and Abbi Martin, and of course the 100 children who performed in the choir, for making it such a fantastic evening.


Kingfisher Awards 2012

Over the past several weeks, year four have been working towards the Kingfisher Award. This is an annual award hosted in Devon which seeks to educate children in the importance of nature and why it is vital that we take care of the countryside and what it has to offer. The award begins with a visit to Quickes Farm in Newton Saint Cyres and this year the theme was ‘Orchards’ and all of the interlinking food webs and natural processes that happen within the orchard habitat. The children then created a display at school, presenting what they learnt and advertising the importance of orchards. Our children produced some incredible work of a very high standard, including well balanced debates, interactive quiz boxes, some delicious hand-made Elderflower cordial, a completely hand stitched tapestry of a farm and a giant bumble bee! On the 4th of July we took our display to the presentation evening where our work was judged whilst we enjoyed a picnic, storytelling and a live jazz band. The competition was very tight, with outstanding displays from all schools who took part. We were thrilled however, to be placed second out of six with only a few marks between us and the winners.

Musical Theatre Club - 'Annie'

Last week, the children in the Musical Theatre club performed their version of Annie Jr. at the Victory Hall. They performed three shows over three nights and showed an enormous amount of determination to learn songs, lines and perform to their very best. The show was a resounding success with many extremely positive comments from the audience including some who thought the cast performed so well that they were from stage school and that the year 6’s were adults! Thank you to the Estills for all their work on the backdrops and lighting and to all of the staff and parents who supported the children throughout the rehearsals and performances.


Exeter Swimming Gala

On Thursday 5th July children from years 3-6 participated in a swimming gala hosted at Pyramids Swimming pool in Exeter. There were a number of different races including freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and a cannon relay. The atmosphere was great with parents cheering and children encouraging other children from the competing schools. All of the children from Broadclyst should be very proud of their achievements, they represented the school extremely well and even brought home a few medals and certificates. We are now looking forward to next year where we hope to continue our success. Thank you to everyone who helped out and came to support the children.

UK National Schools Chess Team Chapionships

Over the last few months, it has been encouraging to see our school chess team continue to hold its own in competition. Children from BCPS have provided players for the county under-9 and under-11 teams, as well as playing for the school. Our under-12 team, consisting of Thomas K, Ella B, Josh P, Ebony H, Megan J and Ebraheem A, has given a good account of itself, with strong performances against strong and often older opposition. They have represented the school in the local tournament ‘The Bloodworth Cup,’ as well as in the National School’s competition at Brean Sands, coming third in the latter, as well as having the accolade of being the highest placed state school. We look forward to seeing them compete again next year!
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