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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.

 

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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!

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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.

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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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Academy Cafe

We have changed and re-written the Café menu for parents. The café is a busy and vibrant part of the school and is popular both with parents and children. We have listened to feedback from you in terms of the service and food on offer and we hope that you find the new menu to your taste.

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Exeter Primary Football League

 

Fixtures in the Exeter Primary Football League reached their halfway point on Monday 14th January for the teams representing the school.  Pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 all played in matches held on the Astroturf at St Peter’s School.

In the first round of fixtures Broadclyst Blue (Year 6) faced Montgomery in a top of the table clash with both teams unbeaten. Despite being under pressure early on in the game from a number of corners and attacking throw-ins the team managed to keep the goal protected (with some assistance from the cross-bar!) before settling into their passing game, going into half-time with a 1-0 lead courtesy of an excellent strike from Harry.  Moving into the second half the team continued to move into their rhythm, passing the ball at pace and establishing their grip on the game by scoring 5 more goals, with goals scored by Harry, Ethan x2, Charlie and Ben to settle the game against their closest challengers 6-0, a stunning result.  Broadclyst Yellow (Years 4 and 5) faced Wynstream in their first game, which started off played at a good pace going end to end. Not wanting to feel overshadowed by their Year 6 counterparts they also secured an excellent result in winning 3-1, with goals coming from Kade x2 and Luka, even more impressively in his first appearance in the league.

For the second round of fixtures Broadclyst Blue faced Wynstream, who had just been defeated by Broadclyst Yellow, while Broadclyst Yellow faced Redhills.  Both teams were initially unable to maintain their rhythm from the first games, however Broadclyst Blue then did establish themselves in the game, with the Wynstream goalkeeper making a number of excellent saves before goals from Charlie and Ethan established a 2-0 lead, a score that despite more heavy pressure was not added to before the final whistle.  For Broadclyst Yellow despite creating chances of their own, went 1-0 behind before half-time and were caught on the counter-attack a number of times in the second half in which Redhills added two further goals, a score that was kept to 0-3 by some well-timed interceptions by Isaac and two excellent saves by Jack in goal.

 

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Y3 & 4 Multiskills

 

Twenty pupils from Years 3 and 4 took part in an afternoon of Multi-skill activities at Clyst Vale on Wednesday 16th January 2019.

The pupils worked in teams alongside pupils from another local school in; football shooting, bowling, hockey dribbling, target throw, netball passing and basketball shooting.  They all had the opportunity to practise all the skills in a rotation while there also was a fun-based challenge to the activities in which pupils had to achieve their best score.  Both football and basketball shooting were particular favourites with a number of pupils doing so well they moved from the junior sized hoop onto the full sized basketball hoop and still scored a number of attempts from a range of angles.

On the bus back to school all the pupils were discussing how much they enjoyed the activities and which ones they wanted to carry on practising at school which was great to hear. 

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