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Table Tennis Squad

On Monday (4th February) the Table Tennis Squad travelled to Plymouth to represent the school at the Devon School Table Tennis Primary School Individual Championships held at Coombe Dean School.

The children were placed in groups where they played each player in that group; playing 7 or 8 matches. The matches were best of three - first to eleven - so plenty of playing time. The competition was very well organised and the squad played at a high standard with some very close matches.

Ben played himself into the boy’s quarter final and Dilly, at her only her second competition, managed to get to the semi-final but was beaten by the overall winner of the girls.

The rest of the boys' team consisted of Harry, Nathan, Callum, Ethan and Charlie. In the girls' team we also had Tegan and Grace.

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Yr 5 & Yr 6 Football Event


A team of eight Year 5 and Year 6 pupils represented the school in the Kids Cup run by Exeter City Community Trust at Exeter University on Thursday 24th January.

The team were one of 32 school teams in the tournament and had to initially play 3 fixtures in their group phase against teams from Landscore, St. Michaels and West Monkton. After the group stage the team won 2 fixtures, drawing the other with Max being relatively unlucky to concede just one goal from a penalty. 

After this stage they then went into the knockout rounds facing Exeter School and then Seaton, winning both of these games 2-0, from which they progressed onto facing Stoke Hill in the final. Ethan scored two goals, ably assisted by Charlie to keep up their consistent record of winning every game 2-0 in the knockout phase. Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of the team’s success was how they demonstrated their strong team ethic throughout; shown through the range of goalscorers that included Ethan, Harry, Charlie, Charlie, Jack and Otto.

The team should be greatly proud of their achievement in winning this prestigious tournament in which they faced schools from around the county and even from Somerset, they are now excitedly looking forward to finding out their next destination in the next round against other schools who won their local club’s tournament.



Presentation at BETT


Mr Lees and Mr Kimber went on an exciting trip to London between the 23rd and 26th January. During this time, they were working with Microsoft at Bett 2019 – an educational technology show where teachers, academics, developers and the occasional student come together to find out about some of the latest gadgets and tools on offer to schools today. The show took place over 4 days at the huge ExCel convention centre.

As Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEEs), Mr Lees and Mr Kimber joined other MIEEs and Microsoft employees on the huge Microsoft stand to show members of the public some of the amazing tools, like OneNote, Flipgrid & Teams, that Microsoft have developed and that we love to use here at Broadclyst. They came back to school with some great ideas to try out with our own pupils – like 3D models in PowerPoints, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) lesson ideas and some other great surprises! They also had the chance to present a few times on the stage, explaining how schools can transfer to a ‘Cloud first digital strategy’ – using Office 365 as the central pillar of operations and many onlookers seemed intrigued and inspired by how we operate as a school!

There were some real highlights at Bett – Dell’s Dinosaur stand; the Artificial intelligence juice bar from Microsoft which chose you a drink based on your mood, age and gender and all sorts of amazing robots. Mr Kimber loved meeting the transformer, Bumblebee, but found it tricky working with Mr Lees on a giant Gameboy to try and complete a game of Super Mario! They’re both hoping to make it again next year!

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Global Canvas Art Project


‘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’ wanted to take part and have worked together to plan their display and come up with their own ideas around the theme of ‘habitats’. They used their sketchbooks to sketch their initial ideas and think of different ways to interpret the theme before deciding on the ocean habitat, in particular the coral reefs. 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 .

Art Squad are all dedicated pupils who love learning new skills in art and exploring with new media, they have been using their lunchtimes to work on the project and all their ideas on the display were their own and represent some of the new media they wanted to explore. They experimented with new ways of working in both 2D and 3D and had a lot of fun working together and learning from one another. Some of the materials they explored included; Cyanotype photography, screen printing and spray painting as well as stoneware ceramic and porcelain sculptures. They even came up with the idea of creating a box you can sit in with a UV torch and experience jellyfish painted in neon paint. Together they came up with this mini-exhibition to submit as their entry to the competition.



Goat Update


Archie, Arnie, Asterix and Albee have certainly settled well into school and are showing off their different personalities!  Each year group visits the goats during the week to say hello and play with them, some have also given them a walk and a brush. We have just bought them new toys, brushes to scratch on and tyres to roll and jump on which they really enjoy. Archie in particular loves to show us his spinning jumps off their play equipment!

We now have two gardening clubs for this term who are able spend a little more time with the goats and they don’t even mind cleaning them out! They have been a big hit with children and staff.  Parents will be able to visit the goats at weekends soon to support in feeding, walking and playing with them.

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Yr 1 Dinosaur Project

At the beginning of our dinosaur topic, year 1 received a surprise letter from the University of Exeter letting us know they believed there may be dinosaur bones and remains in the grounds of the school! They also sent us a lovely little exploration box full of maps, gloves, goggles and spades for digging. We set off using the map for guidance and found 8 bones and 2 eggs in the field and forest school area. Luckily, we have some dinosaur experts in year 6 who got wind of this and volunteered to come down and talk to the children and look at what we found. They spoke for over an hour answering questions and teaching us all they know which was fantastic. Year 1 have loved this project so far and are now writing scripts to go into the TV studio and make a news programme about our findings. They are also making posters to go up around the school asking people to look out for any other possible remains. Finally, we have started excavating our own fossils from clay blocks to see what we can uncover. We can’t wait to share our findings with you!



60 seconds with..Microsoft UK Director of Education Chris Rothwell

We were delighted to be featured in this article alongside Chris Rothwell, Director of Education and Tina Jones, Education Manager at Microsoft UK.

Chris Rothwell was recently appointed Director of Education for Microsoft UK. He oversees a team that helps schools, teachers, pupils and others embrace technology to achieve their goals. The UK News Centre sat down with Chris to talk about his new role, his favourite Microsoft product and the first piece of tech that he remembers using.

Read the full article here



Yr 6 London History Trip

Year 6 had a fantastic time in London, last week, exploring the Tower of London, The Houses of Parliament and even Downing Street! The purpose of the trip was to learn about the history and heritage of the country, by looking at how England and the rest of the UK has been ruled by the kings, queens and governments of the past 1000 years.

The trip began with a tour of the Tower of London, in which we saw the crown jewels. This was very interesting and the class could see the artefacts that they had researched in class. The group also visited ‘The White Tower’ that houses the Tower of London’s armoury, the old zoo buildings – which once housed a polar bear – and even the torture chambers – no children were harmed! Finally, the children visited the tower that Richard III is claimed to have imprisoned his nephews, when he claimed the throne. We also found a monument to Lady Margaret Pole – an inmate of the tower and an ancestor of one of our class. Thursday concluded with a lovely meal at the Tower Bridge Strada, which was enjoyed by all.

On Friday, we began with a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster. It was fascinating to be able to walk through the House of Commons. We also visited the Queen’s area of parliament and looked at the traditions surrounding her state visits. We finished with a workshop on how the Lords and the Commons make laws through the process of ‘parliamentary ping-pong.’ This also featured a very interesting Q&A with Baroness Sue Garden about working in the House of Lords.

Finally, we ended the day with some sight-seeing which included a visit to Downing Street. It was very exciting to be ushered through the security gates to see some of the most important buildings in the country. We arrived home quite tired, but very excited by everything that we had seen.

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