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Samba Club

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.


International School Award

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.


Harvest Festival (Year 3/4)

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!


Year 6 Enterprise Project

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!


Year 6 Dartmoor Training Centre Weekends

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

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.



The Michael Gove Interview


Year 3 - Class SG

  • Published in Juniors


Topic work is a great way to involve pupils in a subject through using different approaches to add depth to their understanding. This term we are looking at ‘Fairy-tales and Forests’. We have been reading through the many folk tales and stories and making links between the language, characters and settings and will be applying these to our own fairy-tales. We will be taking a trip later in the term to a forest so we can act out some scenes from our favourite stories and hopefully film these to create our own video.

Some children have begun to grow some seeds ready for an investigation into the conditions needed for the growth of a plant and another group are carrying out a survey into which are the most common types of tree in the school ground.

In year 3 we will 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.

PE takes place on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.


We have many opportunities for children to read to the class, to small groups of peers and listen to stories at the end of the school day from a chosen class book. This year we are encouraging reading through the Read Write Inc. program 'Fresh Start', and through Accelerated Reader. We also feel it is just as important that the children have a book of choice from the library to enjoy either at home or at school. The children are always encouraged to read and choose new books from the library during our allocated library session on Friday mornings.


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. We will be using the class computers to carry out research and send and receive work through email.


Year 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, safety and confidence in the water. Swimming takes place on Wednesday mornings.

Harvest Festival

Year 3 and 4 are responsible for 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 each class give a presentation of the work that they have been involved with. The children have been enjoying the topic ‘Harvest around the World’ and have been finding out about how, and if, harvest is celebrated in other countries.



  • Published in Infants

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is based on on-going observation and assessment in seven areas of learning and development. These areas are divided into three prime areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

And four specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Our foundation area has undergone some exciting changes to make the space more interactive and cohesive for the two foundation classes and to support the Early Learning Goals. We have a unit which incorporates a craft area, a comfy reading area and a home corner for role play. We also have an exciting outside space for the classes to use and we will be doing lots of our learning in this area.

Our three termly topics for the foundation stage ensure a broad and balanced curriculum and allow for continuity and progression. Topic work allows us to provide cross-curricular activities that challenge children to develop a specific skill and concept. Our Autumn topic is ‘Ourselves’ and will include learning about ‘People Who Help Us’ and ‘Our Local Area’.

We have P.E. outside on a Tuesday where we develop gross motor skills, control and coordination through games and activities. On a Thursday, we visit Victory Hall where gymnastic and dance activities take place. We also have ‘Show and Tell’ on Tuesday,  a highlight of the children’s week. On a Wednesday we visit the library with Mrs Marks and choose different books to take home each week.  An ‘Infant Sports’ club takes place on a Wednesday and a ‘Storytelling’ club takes place on a Thursday after school for Reception, Year One and Year Two children.



Year 2 - Class SGO

  • Published in Infants

During the year the children in year 2 will be looking at different topics which will include Under The Sea, Europe and Disasters. These topics will allow the children to explore events in the past, such as the sinking of the Titanic; look at other cultures, learn about how people can influence the way in which we live and discover new facts about our world.

This year the year 2 children will be joining up with the year 1 children for our P.E lessons in order to learn new skills and to improve existing ones. It will also give the children a fantastic opportunity to make new friends too. They will be looking at a range of different games such as netball, football, hockey and tag-rugby as well as learning the rules that go with them. Some of the other sports they will be playing will be basketball and rounders. This P.E session will take place every Tuesday afternoon. On a Thursday afternoon the year 2 children will have their own P.E. session which takes place in Victory Hall and enables children to practice more refined skills.

The KS1 Christmas Nativity is a very popular event which the children look forward to every year and as the eldest children in KS1 the year 2s will have to lead the way and help put on a show to remember. It will not be long now until the practices begin, the singing starts and we get in the Christmas spirit.

The school library offers a wide selection of books written by an array of authors and in year 2 the children get the opportunity to visit the library every week to select books to take home. Class 2SGO currently have a session on a Friday afternoon which enables the children to select a book that is of interest to them and that they can enjoy at home. The library is also open after school for children to visit with parents/grandparents should they wish to change their book during the week. The children also get to join the school’s Bookworm Scheme if they choose which encourages them to read a wider variety of books and awards them with certificates to support their achievements.

This year there will also be a variety of other opportunities for the children including after school clubs such as cookery, science, animation, infant sports and reading as well as our annual sports day. Sessions in the art studio give children the opportunity to perfect their creative skills and helping to care for plants and vegetables in our new allotment allows children to cultivate their green fingers.

Finally there will be a range of school trips for the children throughout the year that support the topics that we are learning about in the classroom. Weekly swimming sessions also take place for year 2’s at Middlemoor on a Wednesday morning for half the year, where all children are supported no matter their ability.

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