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Christmas Nativities

The children from EYFS and KS1 have had an extremely busy week of Nativity performances. The children from Broadclyst and Westclyst have had a brilliant time performing their Nativity, ‘Stable by Starlight’ with seven shows in total between them.

After lots of hard work learning lines, dances and singing songs the children have put on some excellent performances. The Narrators and leading Stars eloquently took their audiences on a journey from the hustle and bustle of Bethlehem to the quite humble stable. Alongside this the numerous speaking roles, heart-warming solos and festive choreographies showcased the children’s many talents all the way through from Nursery to Year 2. It was clear how much time and effort they had put in to learning an impressive number of lines and lyrics. The songs were a mix of old and new, each finished off with an enthusiastic performance of ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’, from both children and audience alike.

Oliver summed up the performance, “'It was my favourite thing to do and I liked the costumes a lot!”. Mason liked our modern addition to Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree “I really loved the rack band!” and Archie said he “really liked it because my Mummy was so proud of me”. Tommy added “I really liked the Nativity. Learning some of the lines was tricky but it was so fun when we got to do the show. My favourite part was when the shepherds were counting their sheep, it was so funny”. Erin said “The angel and star dances were so Christmassy and magical” and hopefully all our audiences left feeling in the Christmas Spirit!

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Christmas Post Box

 

Year 4 will be managing the Christmas Post Box this year, from Monday 3rd December to Wednesday 19th. All cards should be labelled with a child’s full name (if possible) and also have the class name and number.

As we now enter the Christmas period, children love to have the opportunity to send Christmas cards to each other. Having the Post Box situated at the end of the Year 3/4 corridor, just outside the library, ensures that it is easily accessible to everyone.

The Year 4 children are given Royal Mail t-shirts and sent out to deliver cards across the school before the end of each day. This opportunity teaches them responsibility and pace, whilst also giving them a glimpse into the busy Christmas period for postmen.

 

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Y4 Exeter Cathedral

 

Year 4 visited Exeter Cathedral on 29th November to begin answering the religious question of: ‘What is worship and does it have to happen in a special place?’. Having previously had groups attend the Mosque, the children of Year 4 have been building their religious literacy and acquiring a vast knowledge of the six major religions and the beliefs of others.

In the cathedral, the children were warmly welcomed and led through the vast main hall. On a tour of the cathedral the children learnt many new facts about the key features of the building, from when it was built to the damages it has suffered due to wars over the years. Becoming keen investigators, they were also able to identify multiple keys of St Peter and locate two pulpits, two lecterns and two alters. Throughout the day the children also had the engaging experience of hearing the organ be played and attend two short afternoon prayers – which happen every hour, on the hour.

Separate from the tour, Year 4 were also shown how to create brass rubbings – using tough wax crayons to rub over the top of brass images found in the cathedral. After being taught this skill, they then worked on pieces of art that used two or three brass rubbings to create a new image of their own.

Over the course of the day at the Cathedral, the children were congratulated many times, by members of public and tour guides, on their impeccable behaviour and attitude towards being in an active place of worship.

 

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Nutcracker

 

Over the last Term the children from Broadclyst and Westclyst Year 2 and Year 4 have been taking part in a unique experience to choreograph their own version of the famous Nutcracker ballet. This has been in collaboration with the Royal Opera House who through weekly videos and mid-point feedback have supported the creative process at every stage.

Learning from the professionals, the children have worked through motif-development, character dancing and performance skills – completing the programme with their very own piece of choreography which has been submitted as part of the nationwide ‘Creative Challenge’. On Friday they were lucky enough to go to the Picture House Cinema in Exeter to see a special screening of this year’s ballet The Nutcracker to inspire them further.

Zac said “'I thought the Nutcracker project was exciting because we got to try new dance moves and have fun trying to create a dance”. Sophia added “I like the way the Nutcracker was spilt into groups because we all had the opportunity to take part in the dance”. Following our trip Belle said, “I loved watching the dances especially when they were jumping, it was amazing!”. Sofia was thrilled with our visit “It was so useful to see the moves we’ve been learning being performed by the professionals”. 

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Shakespeare School's Festival

 

It was the third year that Broadclyst have participated in the annual Shakespeare School’s Festival. Students from Year 5 performed ‘The Comedy of Errors’ as part of the festival this year at the Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 15th November and at Torquay’s Princess Theatre on Tuesday 20th November. The festival itself has been running for 18 years and allows primary and secondary schools to perform 30 minute versions the Bard’s most famous works on a professional stage.

‘The Comedy of Errors’ is a play all about mistaken identity and the cast had great run telling the story with the support of sparkly costumes and 70s disco tunes. The cast have been rehearsing since September, giving up weekends and afternoons to ensure the play’s success. On the big nights themselves, the cast shared the stage with other local schools and saw performances ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Macbeth’ and ‘King Lear’.

At the end of the performance the staff from the SSF give each cast an appraisal in front of the audience. ‘The Comedy of Errors’ was described as the most joyous piece they had seen in any theatre. They also commented on the how clearly the story had been told – which is not always an easy task with Shakespeare! The staff were hugely impressed by the professionalism and maturity shown by the cast at all times. One parent said ‘You could tell that every single child on the stage was having the time of their lives and every one of them had their moment to shine!’. Aurelia Cassap, who was part of the cast said ‘I am just so sad it is all over, I have loved every minute!’. Well done cast of ‘The Comedy of Errors’, you blew us all away! 

 

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Y6 Rock and Rapid

 

Year 6 Climbers visited Rock and Rapid climbing in South Molton on Sunday to take part in the North Devon Climbing Competition. They competed with over 10 different school and clubs in the area in two disciplines: wall climbing and bouldering.

The team started their day climbing the walls where they would complete three routes and be scored on how high they could climb. The walls all reach around 10m in height at Rock and Rapid so this was a fearsome test. All our competitors managed to climb to the top of the first route and 2 children made the top of the second route. The third route was only completed by two children out of the hundred that took part.

In the afternoon we entered the bouldering cave for the second discipline where they would again compete on three routes trying to complete them and scoring points for getting furthest. Again our competitors completed the first of the set routes and many managed to do the second route too! One pupil from Broadclyst was among the only pupils to complete a third most challenging route on the day!

A fantastic day, well done to everyone who climbed.

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Y4 Christmas Tree Decorations

 

Following on from Year 4's continued focus on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, the children, inspired by the Snow Queen, have created a variety of Christmas decorations for a tree based at Killerton Chapel. The decorations include paper crowns, icicles, hanging stars and miniature trees.

For the crowns, crinkled paper was wrapped around a circle of plastic with the children cutting the card to create the points of the crown; coloured gems were then added as further decoration. For the icicles, foil was rolled and sculpted onto the string. Additionally, Year 4 creatively used felt to construct their hanging stars and trees. Using stencils, the children cut different sections of the tree out and arranged them into a conical shape before sticking them together. The hanging stars involved threading beads onto string before adding the felt star shapes on either side.

The decorations are available for the public to see inside Killerton Chapel through the rest of November and into December, as a continuation of Killerton House’s Snow Queen theme.

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Art Squad Bristol Trip

 

On Tuesday 20th November Art Squad travelled to Bristol to participate in a Street art Tour and spray painting session with ‘Where the Wall’ The tour began at the murals on Nelson Street and then through Stokes Croft and the Bear pit.  The children looked at many works by artist such as Banksy, JPS, Cheo and Nick Walker.

They learnt the differences between graffiti and street art and  some of the methods and techniques the artists use in creating these monumental pieces.

The children got the chance to take part in a spray painting session with a local street artist and used spray cans and stencils to create a piece of art work each. This was the first time many of the children used a spray can and found it was harder than it looked bur they loved some of the effects they could create by holding the can at different distances from their paper and moving it at different speeds, they discovered it is something that takes a lot of practice to perfect.  They came back truly inspired and keen to put into practice what they have learnt.

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WW2 Theme Day

On Friday the 16th November, Year 2 took part in a World War Two theme day. They dressed up as evacuees, soldiers, pilots and land girls – just some of the people that they have begun learning about as part of their current project. The day consisted of a variety of WW2 themed activities, so the children could get a taste of what life would have really been like during the war.

For one half of the day the children took part in some drama activities, taking on the role of an evacuee. They had the opportunity to sit in the hot seat and answer questions from other members of the class. For example; how has your life changed since moving? What is your new host family like? Do you miss your family?. They also enjoyed listening to some wartime music and even wrote their own WW2 song as a class.

Throughout the rest of the day the children built upon what they have learnt about rationing and they got to prepare and taste wartime foods. Maisie said "Cooking the rationing foods was great. I now know so much more about life in World War Two". As a way of showing remembrance, they made a poppy using tissue paper and card. Jackson commented "I had a fantastic time on the theme day. My favourite part was making the remembrance poppies that grew on the battlefields after the war". Finally, they recreated some of their favourite WW2 propaganda posters to persuade. Merryn was very enthusiastic, “It was great having a whole day learning about World War Two because I just love learning about history”.

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