Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education and Hugo Swire the M.P for East Devon visited our school on Friday 11th May. Mr Gove was keen to see how the school has changed and developed since becoming an Academy and to discuss our plans for the future. Mr Gove was interviewed by Anna West in Year 5 in our T.V studio and asked whether he likes the school and if he might consider supporting the school’s plans for a new hall and canteen (to which he answered, by offering us a visit from Mr George Osbourne).
Whilst on a tour around the school Mr Gove asked class 5VH what their favourite books are, how much they enjoyed reading and started a lively debate on the merits of ‘Britain’s got talent’ and ‘The Voice’. He also took part in a brass lesson in class 3CF and in playing the Trombone proved to the children that they were in fact better at playing than he was. Mr Gove was highly complementary about the school, its facilities and the opportunities available but especially about the behaviour, enthusiasm and engagement of the children and how welcoming they had been.
Inventor and Inventions
Our projects this term focus on valuable inventions from the last 200 years. The children will be working in groups researching and planing investigations into aeroplanes, buggies, animation and much more. Applying their Maths, English and investigative science skills the children design a number of tests to challenge a hypothesis. Debates and presentations form a key part of the learning in Year 5 giving the children the chance to share what they have learnt. Alongside this, the children will build upon their presentation skills within our newly refurbished school TV studio producing programmes to share with the rest of school.
Rivers and the Ocean
Rivers and the Ocean is our second topic of the year, this runs alongside our residential trip to Heatree House in Dartmoor. The children enjoy three days away from home and learn to measure a river from source to mouth, building their own shelters in the woods and experiencing what it is like to go into a Bronze age round house with an open fire. The results we collect from the investigations are brought back to school and used in producing formal reports.
World War II
Our third topic of the year is World War II, which will look at the history of the toughest war Britain ever fought. We will be concentrating on local history as well as further afield, linking our class work with Killerton House to bring history to life. The children will be planning, practising and performing for an event which will bring Killerton House to life as a living museum.
We are lucky enough this year to have the opportunity to start growing in our new school garden. As a class we will be planning what we would like to grow whilst thinking about when the crop will be available to harvest. Maybe there might be the opportunity to cook with our own vegetables soon!
The School’s own TV studio is greatly used within Year 5. TV programs cover a range of topics linked to class activities and provide fantastic results within oral and written literacy. Children develop their presentation skills and consistently learn to edit and improve their work. A weekly news program written and produced by Year 5 allows the school to share in the weekly events and activities.
Youngsters enjoy an out of this world experience
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Children in six classes at Broadclyst Community Primary School were over the moon following a visit by the Space Odyssey mobile planetarium.
The Year 1 pupils at the school have been learning about rockets, astronauts and the sun, moon and planets. So staff invited Simon Ould, a former science teacher and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, to bring his huge Voyager inflatable dome to round off their topic work in style.
King Henry VIII Visits Broadclyst Primary School
Broadclyst Primary School enjoyed a visit on Friday 4th February from the most famous Tudor King himself, King Henry VIII. The King was played by Mike Farley, one of Britain’s leading impersonators and pupils joined him for a Tudor themed day.
Tudor costume, music, dance and jousting were experienced in a fascinating, fun and interactive environment providing a memorable time for children in KS1 and 2 and creating a visual and accessible platform from which to learn about aspects of Tudor history. The day included a mixture of history and humour. With his imposing figure, booming voice, wicked humour & musical skills it's little wonder he was such a hit with the children.
Rudi Oppenheimer, a Holocaust Survivor
The children in Year 5 & 6 had a talk from Holocaust Survivor, Rudi Oppenheimer as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET). Rudi spent time with the students during the day and in the evening did a second talk for parents of Broadclyst Primary School, people in the village and some local Exeter groups.
The testimony was followed by a question and answer session to enable people to better understand the nature of the Holocaust and to explore its lessons in more depth. The visit was part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s extensive all year round Outreach Programme, which is available to schools across the UK
Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth
On Wednesday 1st December Key Stage 1 had some fun visitors from the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth. Abbie, Joseph and Mopsy came to visit the children dressed in Santa hats and tinsel to celebrate the first day of advent. The children got to stroke the donkeys and walk them around the playground. They also got to ask some questions and find out about each of the donkeys and how they were looked after.
This term Class RNR learnt about the Emergency services and what to do in an emergency. They made and painted ambulances, fire engines and police cars and acted out some emergency situations! One of the highlights, was when P.C Buffie came to visit the class. She came to talk to the class about what life is like as a Police Officer and the different duties she has to perform. She brought with her some uniform to try on and her police van to explore.
Year 3 enjoyed a visit from a dental health nurse in the autumn term. She taught them how to brush their teeth carefully and they used disclosing tablets to help them identify the areas that they had not been brushing very well. The dental health nurse also taught the children in Year 3 about the types of food that are good for their teeth and those that are not so good. Every child got to take their own disclosing tablets home to see if their brushing had become any better the following week.
Police Dog Handler
Sergeant Knight spent a morning with Year 1 & 2 demonstrating how his German Shepherd Koda helps him catch criminals. The children enjoyed listening to Sergeant Knight talk about how he looks after his police dog and what Koda is used for within the Police Force. The children then enjoyed meeting Koda and seeing a demonstration of how well trained he is and how well he follows instructions.
In February Year 1 had an RE themed week. They explored the idea of belonging and looked at how different people belong to different religions. They also talked about how important it is to belong to different groups – our class, our school, our families and religions. Mrs Piccoli came to talk to us about her faith, Islam. They visited the church in Broadclyst to find out about Christianity and Mrs Gabriel came to talk to them about Judiasm. They found it interesting to ask questions to find out more about some of the faiths in our community.
Years 5 and 6 learnt what can be accomplished with ambition and a desire to succeed. Claire Barker is a North Devon writer and illustrator. She lives with her husband, and daughters. She draws and she writes when she
should be doing something more useful! She hopes that her illustrations, which cover a wide range of subjects, will make you laugh or maybe even hide behind the sofa. She hopes they make you feel something!
Claire combines traditional illustration techniques (pen and ink, watercolour, pencil) with computer technology to produce a range of funny, wild and occasionally dark images. Her inspirations are Shirley Hughes, Oscar Wilde and Roald Dahl. The children enjoyed seeing and talking about her illustrations, books and how to go about following their dreams and becoming successful.
All the children in the school helped build the new willow structure on the playing fields. Alan Bruford from Escot, Greenwood Education, spent a week with some of his helpers building a structure in celebration of the school’s Bi-Centenary year – 2010. As the structure grows, the children will be able to enjoy its arches and windows at playtime.
Thank you to all of you that attended the ‘Supporting your child at home’ information evening. I was so pleased that so many parents came and hopefully you found it informative and enjoyable. We have had a number of positive comments following the evening and parents clearly feel that they are much more aware of what is taught in school and ways in which they can support their children at home.
I hope that you have been able to login from home to the Learning Gateway and also Accelerated Reader. You can enter an email address on Accelerated Reader to receive information about the quizzes that your children are taking on books read. You can download Microsoft Lync from the learning Gateway for your child to sign into at home to enable them to communicate with friends and teachers from home. The instructions on how to do this are on the main page of the Learning Gateway when you sign in. If you need any further assistance with any of the aspects discussed at the meeting please do contact the school.
We have now posted the PowerPoint presentation to the main web site www.bcps.org.uk under the 'Parents' tab.
If you were unable to attend the evening then please call in at the main reception where you will be able to sign up for your username and password and please do watch the PowerPoint presentation that was used on the evening. If you would like to know more in addition to this then please speak with your class teacher who would be pleased to spend time with you demonstrating how to access these services and support your child at home.
We have drawn 4 names from all those that attended on the night and the following parents were the winners of the prize draw:
• Office 2010: Karen Bowern
• Family ticket to Tropiquaria: Hayley Backway
• £40 school dinners: Maria Wheatcroft
• Webcam: Andrew Woods
Over the course of the year, the curriculum for Year 1 is covered through three main topics, one per term. These will include All about Me, Pirates, Space and Dinosaurs. The majority of work during their time in Year 1 is explored through cross-curricular projects and a range of open ended activities intended to engage, stimulate and challenge all children.
Show and Tell is a time during the week when the children have the opportunity to either bring something special from home to show or to share some news with the rest of the class. The children really enjoy this opportunity and it helps them to organise information, builds their confidence and improves their listening skills. Show and Tell takes place every Wednesday and the children are encouraged to think of at least two things that they would like to tell the rest of the class about what they have bought in.
This year classes in Year 1 and 2 will be joining together to enjoy a PE games session every Tuesday afternoon. The children will have the opportunity to learn new skills and the rules of each game. The children will be doing sessions in sports such as rounders, netball, hockey, football and tag rugby. On a Friday the children will have the opportunity to do gymnastics and dance in the Victory Hall.
The annual KS1 Christmas Nativity will give the children in Year 1 their second opportunity to take part in a performance involving lots of singing, dancing and drama. It is an exciting and busy part of the Autumn term and thoroughly enjoyed by all involved.
In the course of the year there will be an RE week which will help the children explore the idea of belonging. Through listening to a number of visitors from different faiths they will have the opportunity to learn about how different people belong to different religions. They will also have the opportunity to visit the Anglican church in Broadclyst and meet with Reverend Partridge to learn about his role in the community.
Throughout the year the children will have the opportunity to participate in a number of after school activities which range from library club to football club. The clubs are run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3.30pm- 4.45pm. During this time the Academy Cafe will be open with a selection of hot drinks and refreshments.
The Yr4-6 football club is run by Mr Beevor and Mr Floyd every Wednesday from 3.30pm - 4.45pm. The children need to meet in 4JB.
The children learn everything from the basic skills of ball control to teamwork within games. Over the past few years the football team has built up a solid reputation in the local area and enjoy playing in a local league with 13 other primary schools from East Devon. Since the football club started we have had some great successes, qualifying for the NPower regional cup final and winning the East Devon League.