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Year 6 News

IMG 0470A group from year 6 took the annual trip to Heatree House in Dartmoor during June. Led by the Heatree instructors, the children had the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of activities including kayaking, climbing, high ropes, mountain biking and archery. They also met with a group from our link school in Holland and worked together in team challenges such as ‘Mission Impossible’- a raft building challenge. The week ended with a camp fire talent show and a moorland walk. A great week was had by all and we would like to thank the staff at Broadclyst School and Heatree who made it so memorable.

Year 6 also took a trip to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth - not to enjoy the donkeys but to learn life skills! During the event, organised by East Devon District Council, the children experienced sessions which taught them basic safety skills in a number of areas. Sessions were run by BT, Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Cornwall Fire Service and the Coastguards. A highlight of the day was a spectacular demonstration of why water should not be used to put out a chip pan fire! The children also learned the importance of washing hands thoroughly in a session run by environmental health.


Year 5 News

Year 5 started this term on a fantastic river journey over the moors and down into Teignmouth. They enjoyed learning river terms and discovering the underwater world with their mini-beast hunt.

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There was no time to relax once they returned, as they began rewinding back to the 1600s. The children produced an incredible performance in the grounds of Killerton House, based around the English Civil war and the rise of the Roundheads, led by Oliver Cromwell.

After all of the excitement had died down, they got stuck straight into filming their documentaries, which are intended to be shown to different schools across the world for the school’s Global Communities Project - some of them are now real pros in front of a camera!


Year 3 News

Year 3 took part in a Skype call with Quaker Ridge school in America as part of the Global Communities Project (GCP) art project.  Each school had a local artist in to visit and then spent some time recreating some of their artwork.  Quaker Ridge created an online gallery of their artwork whilst Broadclyst posted theirs on Yammer for others to comment on.  During the Skype call children from Broadclyst showed the children in America how to log onto Yammer and encouraged them to write their own comments. The plan now is to swap artists and have a go at completing some of their artwork.  We are all looking forward to seeing some of the finished results.

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Year 2 News

Year 2 have been busy tending to their herbs and strawberries in the allotment. They planted the seeds in March and once they had grown big enough we transferred them from the greenhouse to our allotment bed. We have also recently picked the wonderful strawberries that have grown and made our own homemade jam, it was delicious! We decided to use this jam in our very own café as well as making scones and jam tarts to enjoy our efforts and had a picnic.year2garden

Year 2 have also been enjoying regular assemblies in our new hall along with children in KS1. Children have discussed and participated in assemblies about perseverance, respect, acceptance, changes and new beginnings. It has been wonderful to use our new hall to come together and sing songs as well as understanding the world around us.

Year 2 have also been working hard to complete their documentaries on animals after their trip to Paignton Zoo. Children researched various zoo animals and became presenters. Not only did they learn their lines, they have been in the TV studio where they have followed an autocue and remembered lyrics to sing and record ‘We’re going to the zoo’ to accompany their documentary.


Year 1 News

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Year 1 have really enjoyed taking part in the Global Communities Project this term, growing both wheat and sunflowers. Seeds were planted in different growing conditions and then growth progress was monitored and compared. The children have looked forward to comparing their findings with other schools participating in the project. They have learnt all about the farm-to-fork process and baked a range of flour-based treats.

They have also been looking at different forms of art this term, including the sculpture and painting techniques of Joan Miro. This project culminated in a trip to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, where the children used artform spotter wheels to identify a variety of art ranging from poetry to textiles.



Nursery News


Kari Brooks led three dance sessions where the children went on a pirate adventure, getting dressed in their pirate outfits, rowing their ships to Treasure Island, searching the island, finding the treasure and finally having a Pirate Party!

We have also been planting seeds and watching our plants growing. We planted sunflowers in the allotment and beans, broccoli, leeks and strawberries in the Early Years garden. Groups of children enjoyed making strawberry jam with Mrs Blake in the café using our own home-grown strawberries.





Swimming Gala

SwimmingBroadclyst School took part in an Exeter Swimming Gala at Pyramids Swimming Pool on Tuesday 23rd June and the children swam their hearts out. All of the children who took part represented the school well, supporting one another and those from other schools. There were five events in total, including butterfly, breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke and the relay, which were then split down into age groups. Many of the races were extremely close with a few of the Broadclyst children only missing out on a final by one hundredth of a second.

Overall Broadclyst swimmers ended up with a gold medal in the butterfly, a silver in both the breaststroke and freestyle and a bronze in backstroke. Others achieved great results, receiving a ribbon for coming 4th, 5th or 6th.  Well done to Lucy R, Sam E, Maddie G, Jess C, Thomas M, Grace J, Robert D, Keira C, Charlotte S, Harriet K, Jack B, Maddie J, Sam R, Owen G, Thomas D, Gracie B and a special well done to Matthew W, who was the only one representing the year 4 boys.





Children from years 4, 5 and 6 travelled to Pinhoe to play a mini tournament against Pinhoe Primary School on 18 June. Everyone played amazingly, especially those whose first-ever match this was.  Each team played two matches and the scores were Broadclyst A vs Pinhoe A 7-1, Broadclyst B vs Pinhoe B 3-0, Broadclyst A vs Pinhoe B 23-0, Broadclyst B vs Pinhoe A 4-10.  The footwork was excellent, dodging on point and shooting accurate.  We are hoping to have a rematch soon. Players of the match were Holli M and Isla H.  Well done to everyone who played!




A number of special events have been held to celebrate the moving on of the Year 6 children. There was a Gala Dinner and Disco, an an Assembly for parents where some of the children were given awards.

At the Gala DInner and Disco the year group were asked to come up with a menu to be served at their Leaver's Dinner. They opted for:

STARTER: A sharing platter or CHicken Goujons, Doughballs and Onion Rings with a selection of dips.

MAIN:Cheese/Hamburger, Cheese and Tomato Pizza, or Macaroni Cheese.

DESSERT: Chocolate Fudge Ice-cream Sundae with Chocolate Brownie Chunks, or Mini Doughnuts with Strawberry and Chocolate Sauce for Dipping.

The hall had been decorated with helium balloons and after the children had eaten their delicious three course meal, served by the teachers, there was a photo booth, boncy castles and a disco.

The Leavers' Assembly was as always an emothional affair. Parents arrived early to make sure they had a seat and enjoyed coffee and bacon sandwiches from the school cafe. Various awards were handed out for Achievement, Effort, Sports, The Arts and many more.

The assembly ended with a song sung by the entire year group then all of the children were given a Year Book full of photos, a T-Shirt with all the names of the children on that back and then there was a photo opportunity.

We wish them all the best for the future.



All three of the school choirs came together for the last concert of the year. Unfortunately it had been raining during the day so the decision was made to hold the concert in the school hall. This didn't dampen the spirits of the choristers and it was a great opportunity to show of the wonderful lighting and sound equipment.

The hall was packed full of friends and family of the 190 children who performed a selction of the songs throughout the year. Some of the songs were Bills, Uptown Funk, Skyfall, and a couple of songs form the Musical Theatre Club's performance of Peter Pan.

The joy of sining together as such a large chorus was apparent by the looks on the children 's faces, especially when they recieved raptuous applause from the audience. Each year we are amazed and proud of the children's performances, and the support they are given by their parents.

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