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Yr 3 Rock and Rapid Residential

Thirty Year 3 pupils went on their first residential to Rock and Rapid Adventures in South Molton on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th March.

Despite the dreary conditions upon arrival at the centre, the mood was positive amongst the group and there was considerable excitement after their tour of the centre and a glimpse of what the activities had to offer. After lunch and unpacking their belongings the three groups were ready to begin their activities.  With the weather as it was the activities were adapted slightly so they rotated between Climbing, Bouldering and Abseiling indoors and were enjoyed by all. It was particularly pleasing to see climbers cheering on their friends who were abseiling at the time as well as those abseiling greeting their friends as they reached the top of their walls. In the climbing sessions all pupils challenged themselves to improve upon their previous performances and in some cases moved onto much more challenging walls then they had encountered before.  Most pupils also achieved the abseiling course at the centre and it was great to see a number of pupils overcome their fears assisted by the centre staff who were extremely supportive and highly popular with the group over the two days.  Bouldering was a favourite activity for many, both pupils and staff alike with some liking the challenge of getting to the top of each wall, while others preferred landing on the soft mats, particularly after some highly competitive games of ‘the floor is lava’!

After a well-earnt dinner it was time for the evening activity to finish the day.  The group was tasked with completing a Scavenger Hunt around the centre and accommodation finding an item beginning with each letter of the alphabet. The three teams threw themselves into this wholeheartedly and soon items including helmets, carabiners and even part of a hosepipe were all being taken to the judging table.  Team 3 were first to complete the challenge (with the ingenious spotting of an x-factor annual) and then the entire group were able to relax with a hot chocolate and a film before their well-deserved rest.
The second day started with a fulfilling breakfast of either bacon rolls, toast or cereal giving all the energy to approach the day ahead.  Initially the groups completed their final rotation of Climbing, Abseiling and Bouldering from the previous day before everyone put on their waterproofs to go outside and attempt the low ropes course, while also completing some team-building challenges.  Despite some challenging conditions, the groups worked together brilliantly to manoeuvre successfully around the course, often encouraging and waiting for one another.  With the end of this activity it was time for in some cases what was to be the most challenging activity of all, packing ready for the return to school after lunch.  The instructors praised all the pupils for both their efforts and behaviour throughout their time at the centre and are already looking forward to the arrival of the second group next Thursday.
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Yr 4 Exeter Mosque Visit

Some members from Year 4 went to Exeter Mosque on Monday 11th March to continue their investigation of their religious question: ‘what is worship and does it have to happen in a special place?’

The children received an in-depth tour of the building, exploring the male and female areas of worship, special wash rooms and prayer rooms. On this tour they were encouraged to question what made the Mosque ‘special’ to the Muslim faith and whether Muslims were expected to worship there. The children were fortunate enough to see praying in action and observe how this is conducted within the Mosque.
It is clear the children have grown in their understanding of different religious faiths as they are now starting to debate the importance of a special place and the relationship it has to a faith’s worship.



Yr 4 Morwellham Quay Visit


Year 4 embarked on a wet journey to Morwellham Quay on Tuesday 12th March. The children loved their day in this historical village, experiencing school life, home life and the harsh copper mines.
Their day began with an acted welcome from the staff of Morwellham, where they explained new they had stepped back in time. The children then took part in four activities throughout the day. The first of these was Victorian School, where the children learnt lessons, experienced punishments and played Victorian playtime games. The second activity was a look into the domestic life of people in the Quay 150 years ago. The children were guided into the harbour masters elaborate cottage before being shown into the single room house of a poor, mining family. The children also went down the mines on a train, learning about copper extraction, and were shown clothes of the time before trying on costumes of their own. 
The day was infused with interactive and exciting activities that have made the children reflect on their fortunate lives and have hopefully informed them with facts about Victorian Lifeto fuel future writing projects over the coming weeks.
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Global Canvas Competition

On Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th March the Year 6 Art Squad travelled to London to spent the day at the Natural History Museum.  The children were invited as guests and finalists of the ‘Global Canvas’ Competition and have been preparing for the judging over the past few  weeks. 
‘Global Canvas’ is an art competition created by the David Shephard Wildlife Foundation’s Art for Survival programme and was established in 2004 to encourage young people to express their concern for the environment through art.   This year the Year 6 ‘Art Squad’ entered the competition with a display focusing around the conservation of the coral reef and ocean environment.  In previous art lessons the children have been looking on human impact to the shores and plastic pollution and they decided they wanted to revisit the theme but interpret the magic and the beauty of the reefs through their art . The children did brilliantly to make it to the final of the competition and thoroughly enjoyed the day  -although they didn’t bring home a trophy this time they all made lasting memories and came home inspired having seen the work created by all the other schools. 
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Yr 1 & Yr 2 Football Tournament

Football teams from KS1 across both BCPS and WCPS shone during a football tournament at St.Lukes on Wednesday 6th March.
Westclyst had the youngest team at the tournament but that didn’t stop them from putting in some outstanding performances. The team experienced a mixture of results on their way to finishing in a brilliant 6th place overall.
Broadclyst lost just one game during the tournament, and went from strength to strength as they went along. The team won 5 out of their 7 games which led to them finishing in an incredible 2nd place.
Broadclyst and Westclyst faced each other in the final game of the tournament. The game was a credit to all pupils, who played with a smile on their faces throughout the game.
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KS2 World Book Day

Broadclyst Primary School- Year 3         

Year 3 had an inspiring week leading up to World Book Day. They loved listening to the Historic stories told by Katy Cawkwell about dragons and Russian witches. They also enjoyed hearing about the story of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton as the Year 3 & 4 teachers demonstrated all sorts of different sights, sounds and smells!
We loved reading about the adventures of the children who went up the Faraway Tree in our story time and the Year 4s created their own lands in their Sketch books. Claire Barker, author of Knitbone Pepper and Picklewitch and Jack then arrived just in time to help us design our own characters! The children design their own ‘Wanted’ or ‘Missing’ posters of characters that they included in their stories. Claire Barker showed us how to design a good story with interesting plot, characters and language which we’ve since been using in our stories!
The children loved world book day this Year and all wrote fantastic 500 word stories as part of Radio 2’s competition. There were all sorts of costumes the children were arrayed in from Disney to Roald Dahl and even footballers!
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Broadclyst Primary School- Year 4 

In Year 4 this week, the children have been creating their own imaginative stories based on the novels The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton. They took the three children – Joe, Beth and Frannie – up the Magic Faraway Tree and into a land of their choosing. These lands varied from the Land of Cushions to the Land of Nightmares.

On World Book Day, Year 4 came in a variety of different colourful costumes and lots of characters. We had an excellent hand-crafted Moonface and a very green tortoise, to name a few.

Each child has learnt to celebrate their favourite books as they took part in the BBC Live Lesson – where the Anit-Book League worked their magic – turning authors into bookmarks and making words disappear from the pages of valued novels. The children all worked together, using their literary knowledge, and saved the day!
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Broadclyst Primary School- Year 5

Not only did Year 5 have an amazing World Book day, but an incredible World Book week! We had the opportunity to meet Katy Cawkwell and listen to her Norse stories, featuring a range of interesting characters such as Odin and Fafnir. On Tuesday we went on a creative writing journey and wrote spooky stories with Sandra Greaves, using skulls and boxes as inspiration. On World book day itself, Gus Knight secured 1st place in our 500 word competition, with his humorous Cautionary Tale - Well done Gus! As the day continued we interacted with the 'how to Train your Dragon seminar' and got involved with the BBC Live Lesson, featuring Malorie Blackman and Cressida Cowell. A fantastic day (and week) was had by all involved.


Broadclyst Primary School- Year 6 

World Book Day week 2019 was a great success. The week kicked off with a visit from professional storyteller Katy Cawkwell who entertained the children with her tales of Nordic and Roman myths. On Tuesday, we had two visitors. Victoria Byron, an illustrator of children’s picture books, visitted reception and taught them how to draw a good illustration. Year 4, 5 and 6 had a visit from Sandra Greaves, an author of spooky stories set on Dartmmor. She spoke about her career as an author, and also gave a workshop on how to write spooky stories to Year 5. Wednesday saw the return of Claire Barker, the author of the popular Knitbone Pepper series and Picklewitch and Jack. She delivered a very engaging whole school assembly, showcasing her fantastic array of hats. She also delivered workshops in Year 3 and 4 on creating characters.

On World Book Day itself, the school gathered together for a whole school assembly where some of the fantastic costumes worn by the children were admired. It was at this time that the winners of the annual 500 words competition were announced. This year we had a wide variety of stories, some humourous, some poignant and some scary! The gold winners were Ava in WCPS Year 1 with her story ‘The Knight and the Flying Peas and Gus in Year 5 with his story ‘Portly Pearl – A Cautionary Tale’. All the winning stories were read aloud by the winners’ class teacher in assembly.
Another great World Book Day was had by all and we are looking forward to next year already!
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KS1 World Book Day

Broadclyst Primary School- Reception 

Reception have loved writing stories and sharing new ones for World Book Day. They tried incredibly hard and used their fantastic imaginations to write some really wonderful stories for the whole school competition. Throughout the week we have been learning about different Traditional Tales and the children have learnt actions to the story ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’ ready to film it in the TV Studio.

On World Book Day Imogen said “I loved the assembly it was really fun!” The children were inspired by the stories they heard in assembly by the older children and were excited be able to write their own storybooks when they returned to class, they also made story finger puppets and bookmarks.
When asked what the best bit about World Book Day was they said:
“ Being able to dress up, it was really nice and we didn’t have to wear our school uniform!” Rose
“We went outside and saw the bigger children in their costumes too!” Albie and Lara
“It’s nice to share stories with other people” Scarlett
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Westclyst Primary School- Reception 

Westclyst Reception have always loved books! It’s our favourite part of our day to share a story together. So, we have thoroughly enjoyed sharing stories and talking about each other’s favourite books as part of show and tell for World Book Day week. Each day we have listened to lots of different stories which have really captured our interest and excitement for books.

On Tuesday, Victoria Byron a local author and illustrator came to visit. She read her story ‘Alfie’s Night Out’ which we loved listening too. In the story the main character is a bird, so Victoria stayed and gave us a drawing lesson, she showed us some techniques on how to draw different types of birds and we all discovered that we were quite good at drawing. 

On World Book Day we all loved dressing up! For many of us it was the first time we have taken part in such a fun, silly day dressed in so many different costumes. Maths and phonics lessons are much more fun when you are dressed as a Gruffalo, Goldilocks or Postman Pat. 

In the World Book Day assembly we found out that Lola-Rose won the Reception 200 word story competition. We were so proud that her story won the competition!

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Broadclyst Primary School- Year 1

We all had a brilliant day on Thursday, the children looked fantastic in their costumes and had lots of fun. The teachers dressed up as characters from Sleeping Beauty and acted out the story. We then imagined we were fairy’s and created our own wishes and curses to put on Sleeping Beauty. We composed our own evil/cheerful music and retold the story using freeze frames. Not forgetting the highlight of the day, making fruit wands to help us with our spells and to get one of our 5 a day! Sam said it was “super exciting”, William said he “had loads of fun” and Emily said “I wish we could do it again tomorrow”.

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Westclyst Primary School- Year 1

Year 1 have had a very exciting week meeting lots of authors and storytellers as part of our WBD celebrations. On Monday we met Katy Cawkwell who told us some amazing stories from countries all around the world. We were so excited to join in with her stories and learn the names of all the characters. Also on Wednesday we met the lovely Claire Barker who came to talk to us all about her life as an author. She inspired us with her love of animals and how she uses inspiration from nature to write her books - most of all we loved her dog Luna. Finally on Thursday the big day arrived and we could all get dressed up as our famous characters. We waited with anticipation to find out the winners of the story writing competition and were pleased when we found out Ava had won. Also on World Book Day we shared our own 200 words stories with each other as well as writing character descriptions, drawing and doing some drama. We are excited for next year already.

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Broadclyst and Westclyst Primary School- Year 2

Year 2 BCPS and WCPS had a great World Book Day celebrating their love of reading. They enjoyed writing their own book reviews, innovating traditional tales and using drama to act as their favourite characters. Jessica shared her thoughts on the day, "My favourite thing about World Book Day is that you can dress up as your favourite book character. I am dressed as Gangsta Granny from ‘Gansta Granny’ by David Walliams”. River added, “I’ve been so excited about World Book Day this year because our topic is Traditional Tales and we’re sending our own to Blue Peter, so I’ve loved reading these and now I get the chance to dress up as my favourite character!”.

After hearing the winners of our own 200 and 500 word story competitions in assembly, the children spent the rest of day exploring well-known fairy tales. Toby said, "I'm really excited about writing the story of Little Red Riding Hood from the point of view of the big bad wolf because he might actually not be a bad wolf! When we write our own fairy tales I cannot wait to try and earn a Blue Peter badge!”.  Jacob was extremely enthusiastic about the day, “World Book day is such a brilliant day. Everyone looks amazing in their costumes, we get to read, we get to write our own stories and we’ve even designed our own books covers! That’s been my favourite part because being an illustrator who makes people love to read stories would be great”.
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GEC Awards

Over February half term, the winners of the Global Enterprise Challenge 2017-18 were flown to Seattle to visit Microsoft and attend their prize-giving. For the first year ever, a company from Broadclyst won the competition. ‘Trendy T’s’ (a tie-dye t-shirt company) were crowned the winners in July last year and had been waiting excitedly since then to go on the trip of a life time to Seattle.

After a short 10 hour fight to Seattle, the team embarked on a cultural and culinary tour of the city. The first day saw a trip to the Museum of Popular Culture, where the team visited the Marvel exhibit and saw memorabilia from many famous films. Then, a trip to the Chihuly Glass Museum, a gallery exhibiting the work of world-renowned glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. An evening at the iMax cinema watching a movie and eating popcorn was then on the cards. Day 2 was centred around visiting the world famous Pike Place Market with its famous fish throwers. The best mac ‘n cheese in the world was on the menu for lunch, which kept us going for a trip the aquarium and a boat cruise around the lake. Perhaps the highlight of our sightseeing was going to top of Seattle’s most famous landmark – The Space Needle. This view was taken in both by day and night from the viewing gallery and also the glass-floored platform.

On the third day, the company finally visited Microsoft where they gave a short presentation with details of the journey of their company. They were then awarded their trophies and certificates by Anthony Salcito of Microsoft. It was a pleasure to meet the winning team in the Secondary aged category – Smoothie Crown who were also awarded with their prizes. After a final celebratory meal and a trip to the mall to buy souvenirs, it was time for the flight home. Congratulations again to Trendy Ts, the winners of the GEC 2017-18.

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