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Table Tennis Championships

Once again, we made our way over to Plymouth – Plypton Academy – for the county finals of the English Table Tennis Association team championships. For several members of the team this was their first tournament and even their first competitive matches, so there all eight of our competitors were excited to be taking part and for some this was to be a completely new experience.
 
At the event there were three girls’ teams and six boys’ teams from across the county, including places like Okehampton and Torbay. Our four girls played exceptionally well against an array of opponents. They came second overall, being pipped to the post by a team of girls who had reached the national finals last year – of which one was England under 11 number one, and another was also ranked in the top 6. It was a great opportunity to play, and learn from, such an experienced team, and the girls took a lot away from their time in the tournament.
 
There were more teams in the boys’ competition which meant that they had to progress from an initial group stage to gain a place in the top 3. We had a difficult draw with our boys facing the England number 2 and a number of other talented individuals. On one of the tables a rally of almost 600 shots was played during a match! The boys came second in their group which meant that they went through to play for third or fourth position. The team rallied together in these games and in ‘best of 5’ sets, none of our team lost a single set, placing them in a very comfortable third place overall! Harry, who hadn't been to a tournament before managed to win every set he played through the day, so we'll done Harry!
 
Both of the teams should be very proud of their achievements, and though we didn’t manage to progress to the zone finals this year, they all had a great day and took home a medal! In 2019 we will be entering the individual tournament, so the squad will be practising very hard to be ready for that!

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Extra Curricular Activities

 

In Music and Movement we have been having lots of fun exploring new sounds and movements as well as singing songs and learning dances.

Before half term we enjoyed making our own musical shakers using pasta or rice and we experimented with the different sounds that could be made with our homemade percussion instruments.

In our first session back after half term we learnt some Halloween songs and thought about how different Halloween characters move around. The children enjoyed practising their movements ready for trick or treating!

In the next few weeks we look forward to making more instruments as well as using our bodies and voices to make music.

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Great Fire of London

 

On Thursday, as part of their Great Fire of London project, the children from Broadclyst and Westclyst Year 2 had a fantastic time watching their model Tudor houses being set alight. With the support of an experienced fire safety officer the conditions which lead to the fire spreading so quickly were recreated. This included strong winds, narrow streets and flammable materials. The children saw first-hand how quickly fire can spread and how the direction of the wind determines the path of the fire. Alongside the demonstration they were taught about the importance of fire safety and what to do in the event of a fire.

Year 2 were amazed by how the fire spread, Belle said “I couldn’t believe how quickly the houses melted away, it all happened so fast”. Cohen added “I liked seeing what it was like after the houses had burnt away, all that was left was white ash”. The fire safety officer drew comparisons between the processes we use today and the lack of a fire service at the time of the Great Fire of London. Elysia said “The fire officer used a hose but at the time of the fire in 1666 they wouldn’t have had hoses to keep the flames under control”. Ryan was extremely enthusiastic, “It was so interesting to see, I felt sorry for all the people that lost their homes but happy that we now have a fire brigade to protect us and I know how to stay safe”.

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Trendy-Ts Win

Trendy-Ts win Global Enterprise Challenge!

The winners of this year’s Global Enterprise Challenge have been announced – and they are from Broadclyst! In the four years that the competition has been run, Trendy Ts are the first UK company to win the challenge.

The group is one of the most determined that we have had enter the challenge from Broadclyst, never missing an opportunity to advertise or sell their products. They specialised in tie-dye t-shirts and managed to begin a craze that swept the school last year. The ‘Ts’ had a low-budget, high impact sales approach, refusing to take the normal approach of advertising through flyers, posters and emails – preferring instead to wear their t-shirts in the playground and using word of mouth.

The judges also noted that they had designed a creative strategy for continuing to sell while on school residentials, by hiring year 5 children to continue the work! It was also noted that the company’s accounting and reporting were of a high standard.

The group are now waiting for the prize-giving trip to be confirmed. In previous years, teams have visited the Microsoft Offices in London and even Seattle!
Back at school, this year’s companies are busy collecting data to inform the making of their prototypes and preparing for their upcoming visit to the Dragon’s Den.

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Y6 Heart Radio Visit

Just before half-term, the advertising managers of the 10 Global Enterprise Challenge companies of year 6 had the exciting opportunity to visit the Heart Radio studios at Hawthorne House, Sowton. As part of the trip, the group had a tour of the offices, met breakfast show presenters Matt and Victoria, helped to record an advert for the upcoming open evening and gain valuable knowledge of advertising a company. They also met their opposite numbers in the GEC companies at Yeo Valley Primary School, Barnstaple.

When speaking with Matt and Victoria, the group were able to learn about their careers in radio, as well as their incredibly early starts to get to the breakfast show on time. They also learned about how a show is run and how to use some of the equipment. They also had a chance to work with Marc, a marketing expert, and Tim, a creative, who works for Heart making radio adverts for clients. They gave the group several tips that they will make use of when recording their own adverts to be played in the cafe.

The group thoroughly enjoyed the visit. “It was good to learn about the technology that is used and how to use recording equipment,” said Soteris. Daisy also commented that “It was good to meet the advertising managers for Yeo Valley Primary School and make friends.”

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Extra Curricular Activities

Cooking Club:

Year 2/3 cooking club has got off to a great start this term with the children learning a range of basic skills such as chopping, mixing, weighing and peeling. We have also learnt how to make family favourites such as pizza in a more nutritional way. We have also made dishes such as breakfast muffins (which the children weren’t sure about at first!) and the classic apple pie which went down a treat. Each week the children love finding out what we will be cooking and are so eager to get started, many guessing what we are baking from a sneaky look in the ingredients bags!

Throughout the term we will be broadening our skills base to include some more technical skills such as kneading and rubbing in. We also hope to make some seasonal treats in the run-up to Christmas with the term ending in a Bake-Off style competition where the children will be making mince pies with only basic instructions. Watch this space!

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Y4 Farmwise

On 16th October the children of Year 4 attended FarmWise at Westpoint Arena. Schools from across Devon attend this event, as a way of educating children about the origins of their dinner. The children explore different ‘zones’ throughout the arena, informing them about where their food comes from, how it is grown and harvested and how to care for the environment.
 
Split into small groups, the children of Year 4 explored 5 zones throughout the day. Exploring the Environmental Zone allowed the children to discover more about the water cycle as well as learning about plastic pollution within the oceans. The Vegetable Zone gave them the chance to plant their own beans, drive a tractor simulation and create lavender bags. Fruit salads, bike-powered smoothies and quizzes kept the children occupied in the Fruit Zone. In the Wildlife Zone, children explored owl pellets and IDd animals footprints and skulls. Year 4 were able to witness milking, sausage making and herding in the Cow, Pig and Sheep zones. All of them ended the day by holding day old chicks in the poultry zone.
 
The day provided a deep insight into the farming challenges of Britain as well as allowing children to taste kiwi for the first time and explore the vital organs of a pig.

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Harvest Festival

Year 3 & 4 held their Harvest Festival on 18th October, this year based on C.S. Lewis’ tales of Narnia – where four vegetable-wise children travel through their kitchen fridge and into the land of Farmia, where it is forever Autumn and never harvest. In this land, the children eventually trick the Evil Queen into tasting a pea and becoming ‘good’ once again.
 
The children worked incredibly hard for the past four weeks, rehearsing songs, practising dance routines and learning their lines at home. Their efforts paid off in one spectacular performance which showed off the dancing and singing talents from both Year 3 and 4. They portrayed the characters extremely well, adding humour and drama to give the story meaning and understanding.
 
A huge congratulations to the children of Year 3 and 4 for pulling off another successful Harvest festival performance.

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