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The children in Year 5 have been out and about on their bicycles improving their cycling and road safety skills.

Bikeability is the current cycle training programme recognised by the government. It’s like cycling proficiency, but better! It’s about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads. Bikeability gives everyone the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling.

There are three Bikeability levels, each designed to improve cycling skills, no matter what is known already. Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees from the basics of balance and control, all the way to planning and making an independent journey on busier roads.




We arrived at Sandy Park home of Exeter Chiefs at 9:45 with the skies gradually clearing. Broadclyst were one of twenty schools lucky enough to be competing in the Rugby World Cup Schools Tag Festival. An event put on by the Exeter Chiefs to celebrate the start of the Rugby World Cup tonight. Each school were given a country to represent – Broadclyst were Australia! and we had a tough first pool to play through.


Our first match was against Fiji, better known as Duchy School. Broadclyst played extremely well gaining two points in the opening minutes, after that it was neck and neck before Duchy finished two points ahead in a fiercely competitive match. Unbowed we went on to play Uruguay (Ide School) who were incredibly strong in defence although they eventually crumbled to Broadclyst's relentless attacking play and we finished a point ahead at 6 vs 5.


Changing our strategy for play as we progressed through the day paid dividends and we went on to beat England (Cockwood) 9 to 6 and in a tough match drew with Wales (Ottery) at 4 points all. This was enough to get Broadclyst through to the Quarter Finals and the privilege of playing on the Chief's pitch.


In the Quarter Finals we were up against Japan (Newton St Cyres) who had been unbeaten in the first round. Two points down at half time, Broadclyst rose to the challenge and played like Tigers, our defence strengthened and we began passing well down the line onto the wings finishing 6-5 and getting through to the semi-finals. A tough match against Italy followed with each side gaining 1 point in turn before Broadclyst kept the lead by defending hard in the final minutes to finish 7-6. Amazing! We were through to the final and having to play Fiji (Duchy) again for the World Cup!


Stepping onto the pitch for the final time was a Broadclyst team full of confidence and determined to win. What followed was an incredibly closely matched and fast paced game, Broadclyst dug even deeper, defended hard, attacked harder and with a try in the final seconds won the Tournament!


The winners trophy and medals were presented to the Broadclyst Tag Rugby Team by the Mayoress of Exeter and the Chairman of Exeter Chiefs. The team were Sam Walters (Capt), Dom Boots-Hutchings, Harry Turner, Breanna Leach, Jess Courtney, Josef Welch, Charlotte Star, Finlay Thomas and Jack Bishop.



Yr6 on Dartmoor

Over the past two weeks the children from Year 6 have spent the weekend on Dartmoor staying at the Dartmoor Training Centre.

Having departed straight from school the children arrived and were very keen to select a bed in the dormatories. There are only two, one for the boys and one for the girls. Once they were settled they put out the dining tables and were fed a delicious dinner cooked by Jane Williams and Zanna Partridge. Then a game of Windy Days was enjoyed by all before the children went off to bed and straight to sleep - not!

The following day, after cereal, yoghut and a fry up, the children were divided into two groups and set off to either caving or a romp across the moor. The cavers were kitted out in overalls, helmets and torches and headed off underground. The hikers walked from Hound Tor for miles and miles. After lunch together the groups swaped activities before heading back to the centre, filthy, exhausted and very hungry. What could be better for supper than a curry with rice and naan bread.

On Sunday morning, after another big breakfast, the whole group headed off into the woods for an orienteering challenge. Mr Pitts and Mr Lawson were very competitive!

A delicious roast dinner fueld the children for packing and cleaning up the centre before heading home via the souvenir shop at Dartmeet.  



Cook Off

The Great Broadclyst Cook Off has begun! Over three days last week two teams of 2 children kicked off the first Cook Off. The meal of choice was Lasagne, but not any old lasagne, the children were given the recipe by Steve Hodge the school chef because it is so popular with the children in the school Dining Club.

Each day two teams battled it out and thier dishes were judged by Jonathan Bishop and Alex Pulfer. There was a real difference with all the lasagnes as the children had been given the freedom to adapt the reciepe and add or remove ingredients. The children kept tasting while cooking and the main changes were with the herbs, garlic, vegetables and the amount of cheese on top.

When all six lasagnes had been judged two teams were selected to take part in the final which was held as part of the school's conference. This time the judges were Steve Hodge and Myles Bremner who is the founder of the School Food Plan. The four children stood nervously while the food were tasted and then they took to the stage for the results to be announced. There was high praise indeed from the judges.

The Great Broadclyst Cook Off will continue throughout the year and all of the children in the school wil be cooking the school chef's recipes. Jonathan and Alex are looking forward to that!



Abbe Martin our very talend singing and Drama teacher will be appearing on the first episode of a new series of TFI Friday. It will on Channel 4 at 8.00pm and hosted by Chris Evans.

Abbe plays as one part of the duo Sound of the Sirens, with Hannah Wood who co-wrote All Join Hands. This was the song that the whole school sang last Christmas.

Abbe is very excited about performing on the show alongside Take That and U2. We will post a link to her singing on Facebook as soon as we can.

Good luck Abbe!





We were asked by Princesshay shopping centre to make scarecrow, but not just any old scarecrow.

The brief was to make a rugby player to celebrate the Rugby World Cup that will be kicking off on Friday. We were given the host nation England so we didn't need to do too much research.

Chloe Farrant, the school art techer set to work and the first job was to send out a request for straw. Thankfully we have many farming families at the school. Sean Leverton, the caretaker, was enlisted to build the frame and it was time for the children to get involved.

The scarecrow was huge and team of children who worked on him had the fun challenge of getting him across town to the centre of Princesshay. The finished scarecrows made by different Exeter schools were dotted around the town for shoppers to spot. The Broadclyst one wasn't that difficult to find!



Today we had the first whole school Big Picnic. It was a chance for the children to take part in a good old British tradition.

The children were given a choice for the contents of their picnic box the team in the kitchen worked very hard and very quickly in the morning to make the sandwiches and fill nearly 500 boxes.

Unsurprisingly the British weather did what it does best and light rain meant that the children had to relocate to the marquee on the school field. It didn't dampen their spirits, or their bottoms, and they still had a great time.

Elfic the Jester, entertained the children with his juggling, magic and unicycling. There was a lot of laughing coming from the tent. 

We would like to thank all the staff and parent volunteers who made the Big Picnic possible and we hope that next year the sun will make an appearance! 



East Devon school to host global education conference

surface21Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) will be hosting Decoding the Future, a ground-breaking education conference including both physical participation and attendance via Skype, on Monday 14 September. 

This, the first event of the Cornerstone Teaching School, is a conference that will debate the future of education, and focus on creating a world-class education system for 21st century Britain. Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education at Microsoft, is flying in from Microsoft Headquarters to be keynote speaker and join 100 attendees – including academics, educationalists, school leaders, multi academy trust leaders, government representatives and local authority representatives - at the state-of-the-art new multi-use school hall in Broadclyst. He says: “I’m honoured to join Broadclyst Community Primary School, the impressive group of other speakers, attendees and the community at the Decoding the Future conference. I expect great discussion, and the opportunity to learn, as together we challenge each other to create serious, real change in education.”  

At the same time, through Skype, virtual participants will be joining from both Europe and the US. They will be able to contribute fully to all aspects of the day by posting live into the keynote speeches, participating in the discussions and going on a guided tour of BCPS’s exceptional facilities, both through Skype conference chat and also through Twitter.  

BCPS is a Microsoft Showcase School, and will be demonstrating its use of the latest technology, including 1:1 access to tablet devices, videoconferencing, digital ink and global social connectivity in the classrooms. The proceedings will be filmed, and the Skype videoconferencing will also be recorded.    

Broadclyst Primary Academy Trust, known as Broadclyst Community Primary School, is an exempt charity. Broadclyst Primary Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee registered in England at: Broadclyst Community Primary School, Broadclyst, Devon. Exeter EX5 3JG.  Company No: 07339625 

Sir David Carter, Regional School Commissioner, will give the closing keynote speech entitled When every child attends a good school we will be closer to a world-class education system. He comments: 

“Broadclyst Community Primary School is fast developing a reputation for outstanding education delivered within a culture of innovation. My belief that we need our very best schools to support our wider education system in the South West is the reason why I am so pleased to be able to share my vision and ideas for the region at the conference.”  

Other high-profile speakers include Myles Bremner, Director of the Schools Food Plan, who will discuss Putting the Child at the Heart of the School Day: "What our children eat and their attitude to food really matters,” he says. “Good food and good food culture in schools has been shown to lead not only to healthier, happier and more fulfilled children, but to improved attainment. The School Food Plan is here to support the head teacher to implement a whole school approach and concentrate on the things that children care about."  

As part of the conference, attendees will sample this approach and enjoy three-course meal prepared by the school’s own chef in its purpose-built full catering kitchen.   

John Stephens, Deputy Director, Teaching Schools & School Improvement at the National College for Teaching & Leadership, will be presenting School Led System for Change and Innovation via Skype: “I am delighted to be able to contribute to this exciting event, exploring the many possibilities that technology offers in a world class education system built on partnerships.”  

Jonathan Bishop, Headteacher at BCPS will discuss Individualised Learning on a Global Scale.  

We want to engage school leaders and policy makers and education leaders driving policy in a lively debate. We can demonstrate how, using innovative practice supported by ICT, and high standards of education can be achieved and measured while still ensuring a broad balanced education and rounded personal development for children. 

"While there is a lot of talk about new freedoms for schools, it is not real curriculum freedom when the assessment and examination system dictates practice so strongly. We want to explore how learning can be extended beyond the school day using technology, what equipping learners for the next generation of employment opportunities with relevant knowledge and skills might actually look like. And how that will also generate high-quality outcomes that can be measured. That is the debate and the challenge for the global education community." 


The children of BCPS will also be involved in the conference. In collaboration with the school chef, a children’s cook-off event will be transmitted live to the conference hall as part of the official opening of this exceptional school and community facility.   

In addition, pupils will be interviewing the conference speakers in the school’s TV studio.  

The event will also be used to launch the Global Enterprise Challenge 2015, which links pupils from schools across the world in a project that develops their entrepreneurial skills.  




A new term brings with it a new menu, but it isn't just a question of picking a few recipes from a book.

At the end of the summer term we used different ways of finding out from the children which were the meals they liked and those that they didn't enjoy quite so much. A poll was taken using Yammer and the older children were able to reply and vote for themselves. In the younger years the teacher asked the children and they replied on their behalf.

Alex Pulfer went to each class and spoke to a group of children who are already part of the Dining Club to see what new additions they would like to see on the menu. She also spent time with children who aren't in the Dining Club to see what tempting treats might persuade them to join.

Some of the new choices this term include:

Chicken wrapped in bacon, tortellini with tomato and cheese sauce, Shepherd's/Cottage pie, vegetable chow mein, roast pork (but the children requested a Yorkshire Pudding!), quiche, lemon and herb fish, and it was 100% yes to keeping chocolate mousse on the menu!

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