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Austria Trip - Day 4

On our fourth day at Gutenberg Primary School we were able to observe the Grade 3 class carrying out group and independent project work.  Over the past few weeks they have been learning about the life and work of the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt and today they have been applying their knowledge to various different tasks.  Some of the children were creating artwork both using the computers and paint, using a scraping technique and concentrating on effects of colour and perspective. Some of the children were using the iPads to recall learned facts about the artist whilst many of the children were immersed in cross-curricular activities such as biographies, geographical knowledge of Europe and matching games.

image-blog-2015-11-12The children are responsible for their learning and have to manage their own time and task list. Their knowledge of the artist Gustav Klimt was very impressive and the level of engagement amongst the children was very high. We are very much looking forward to returning to school and sharing the work of this artist with our pupils.


Table Tennis

Our Table Tennis Squad travelled to Eggbuckland College, in Plymouth on 11th November, for our first ever Table Tennis Tournament. We took a squad of four boys – Jack, Sam, Ethan and Lucas– and a squad of four girls – Jess, Talia, Charlotte and Chloe, who have been getting increasingly involved in Table Tennis within the school. They played against four other primary schools, who even had some children in National Table Tennis teams.

It was a very difficult competition for our squad and the tournament provided them all with the opportunity to really improve and develop. As the day progressed they began to win more sets and even some games against opposing schools. Their continual progression over the day resulted in the boys’ squad drawing against their final school, Stover, and the girls’ squad winning against St Peters.


Austria Trip - Day 2

On the second day of our visit, each school had prepared a lesson to teach to the four grades about their country. We introduced the children to Broadclyst Community Primary School and showed them a video as well as lots of photos. The children were fascinated by the range of sports that the children in year 5 and 6 take part in, as well as the amount of technology we have.

As Volksschule only has 58 pupils, with around 14 in each class, the children were also astounded by the amount of children in each class. We then talked about the UK and the children took part in a quiz to test their knowledge. Miss Farrant and I were very impressed with the amount of English the children knew; with the help of the Austrian teacher’s translation we were able to teach the children one of our Harvest songs.

image-blog-2015-11-10Class 4LL had recorded ‘Do the Dough’ from this year’s Harvest Performance and the Austrian children joined in with actions. We are very much looking forward to Wednesday when we will have the opportunity to job shadow the Austrian teachers, and watch the art lessons which we will be bringing back to Broadclyst. 

Bye for now! 

Mrs Lees and Miss Farrant


Austria Trip - Day 1

After travelling from Vienna to Graz on Sunday, we met with the teachers from Austria, Denmark, Finland and France in the evening and got to know one another. 

image-blog-2015-11-09On Monday morning we made our first trip through the beautiful Styrian countryside to the Volksschule in Gutenberg. We had a welcome from the children from each of the four grades. They performed songs and dances and read in English to welcome us. There was also a boy from the third grade who played the accordion, which was fantastic! After this, we went to each of the classes and spoke to the children; they had made gifts and were very excited to have all of the different teachers in their school. The school day begins at 7.45 and finishes around 2.00. They have a similar structure to our day, however they go home for their lunch instead of having it at school. The school has 58 pupils in four grades and also has a large kindergarten. The pupils range from 6 to 10 years and all come from the surrounding countryside, in the village of Gutenberg. After meeting each of the children and spending time in their classrooms we then had a project meeting, to discuss how we would share findings and information from the project with other teachers in our schools. 

On Monday afternoon we had a guided tour of the city of Graz, which is around 20 minutes from the school. The tour was fascinating and explained how the city had changed over the past 800 years. The city lies in a basin, surrounded by mountains, and there was once an important castle controlling the area. However, during the French revolution, Napoleon ordered the castle to be taken. With its high position over the city it was very difficult to attack and over 500 French lives were lost. When the castle was eventually taken, Napoleon decided, in revenge, that it should be destroyed. After paying a huge amount of money, the people were allowed to keep just the clock tower and bell tower, and this now remains. 

We found the day fascinating and gained a real insight into both the school day and structure and also the local area. We are looking forward to the rest of our week!

Here is the video blog to accompany Day 1:

Austria Trip - Day 1 from Broadclyst Primary School on Vimeo.


Ethiopia Trip - Day 5

india5Today we were invited to observe English being taught in Grade 8, the eldest class in the school, by the English teacher Tekalign. We happily joined in with teaching a section of the lesson teaching the pupils about some of the features of a poem, and writing our own impromptu honey poem!!


In the afternoon we began our Broadclyst vs Bekumsa Biya Olympics with great success, taking the children of Grade 4 out to measure themselves completing a long jump and timing themselves running the 400m! We had brilliant time out on their sports field in the sunshine and the children all recorded scores for the children of Broadclyst to compete against when we come back to school next week!


Ethiopia Trip - Day 6

india6This morning we completed our recordings for our Olympics, taking a Grade 3 class this time! The children of grade three, around 9 to 10 years old, also really enjoyed getting out and recording their times and distances!

At break time the students were setting up a Volleyball pitch and so we joined in playing Volleyball to great amusement of everyone, and before long most of the staff joined us for a game too!

We finished our time at the school catching up with the two new link co-ordinators, Debele and Tekalign, organising projects to continue throughout the year and planning possible projects that we could focus on in future years. 


Mr Beevor & Miss Williams



Approval has been given for Broadclyst Primary Academy Trust to change status from a single trust that ran BCPS to a Multi Academy Trust in readiness for building and running the Digital Primary Academy, a second primary school due to open in 2016 nearby. This new trust is called the Cornerstone Academy Trust and its trustees are responsible for both schools.

The name change will have no impact on you or your child; Broadclyst Community Primary School will not be changing its name.

If you want to find out more about the new school, you are welcome to call in to any of the following sessions:

Tuesday 3rd November 9.30am – 11.30am

  • Wednesday 25th November 2.00pm – 4.00pm

  • Tuesday 1st December 6.00pm – 8.00pm

The new trust is also a designated teaching school, the Cornerstone Teaching School, which is responsible for the training of new teachers and the development of existing teachers across an alliance of schools regionally.

There are currently 13 trustees on the board, with a variety of different skills that will support in the strategic planning and efficient operation of the services delivered across both schools. These include the areas of financial accountability, HR services, admissions, ethos and strategic planning. Each school will have an additional local governing body that includes parents and staff and will focus on curriculum opportunities.


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