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Library News

Your librarians have been busy preparing the new library at Westclyst. We can’t wait to move all of the books that have been chosen in collaboration with children and staff into their home.

We would like to say thank you to those families who have made book donations to us in recent weeks. We are happy to receive more donations to the library before the end of term.
Do feel free to ring the library directly to ask about the current loans on an account. Year 6 loans have been limited to one book at any time. Please look out any library books your child has before the end of term and return these. We have decided not to issue more books for summer until other loans have been returned as this enables us to review our stock.
The librarians are available to offer support to children submitting a story to the Jaqueline Wilson Creative Writing Competition. Please come along and tell us about your plans and show us any drafts you are working on. Miss Harding is in the library until 4.55pm every evening of the school week, so this would be an excellent time to workshop your story.
Very well done to our Word Millionaires and to all who have been working towards achieving their Bookworm Certificates. We always enjoy hearing about the books you have enjoyed and sharing shorter stories with you.
Thank you to all of our dedicated Junior Librarians and JL’s in training. You have become very skilled this term, and have learnt lots of new processes to do with running the library. It is clear that several of you will be able to apply to become Junior Librarians next year with proven experience.
We will be visiting classes over the next week to promote our local community libraries. Over the summer Devon Libraries are running a Reading Challenge. You will be given a mission folder with the target of finishing six books over the holiday. You can earn stickers to mark your progress and a medal when you finish. Remember to come and show us your mission folders and medals when you return to school in September.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday – keep reading over the break!



Yr 2 Eggy Challenge

On Thursday 12th July, as part of Outdoor Learning Day, the children from Broadclyst and Westclyst Year 2 enjoyed an afternoon in the outdoors. 

They started the afternoon with a trip to the beautiful Clyston Mill, where they sat amongst the apple trees in the orchard to enjoy their lunch. The children loved being surrounded by nature and able to hear the sounds of the birds and the trees around them as they ate. Soon after, we took a stroll in the sunshine to Broadclyst Church where we were greeted by Bernard, the Vicar, whom the children had written to earlier in the term to request we use the church for our trip! 

The purpose of our visit was to be the grand finale of our Eggy Challenge project, our parachute drops. After using the morning to make any final adjustments and preparations to their designs before the big drop, the children were eager to see if their eggs would survive! We watched in awe at the bottom of the spire as the parachutes were released one by one. Despite a few egg casualties, the parachutes were nearly all a brilliant success with well over half of the eggs surviving the huge drop! A fantastic way to bring an end to an exciting and inspiring project – made even better by the great outdoors.

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Yr 1 Killerton Trip

On Thursday 11th July WCPS & BCPS joined together to go to Killerton for Outdoor Day, where we took part in our Eggy Challenge buggy testing. Year 1 have been working in groups to design and make their Eggy Challenge buggies ready for testing them down a hill at Killerton. First, we ticked off one of our ’50 things to do’ by rolling down a hill and then we had a picnic in Killerton gardens. Next we got into our Eggy challenge groups and took it in turns to test our buggy creations down a hill, with lots of support and cheering from the crowd. Each buggy was scored based on how well it protected the egg inside and how it looked. Year 1 had a great day and seeing all the buggies together showed how much effort went in to making them! The winning team is going to be announced this week. Sam said “I had so much fun” and Megan said “I really liked seeing everyone’s buggies they had made today”.

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Nursery Visit The Art Exhibition

This week the nursery children have enjoyed visiting the art exhibition. The children were very interested to see all the amazing work-including our very own The Very Hungry Caterpillar exhibit. Harrison particularly enjoyed looking at Westclyst Reception's Rainbows. He told us "the rain has washed the colours away" (Harrison is the boy in the red hoody). The children particularly liked the Butterfly display case (Year 6 child..not sure of his name). Charlies favourite exhibit was the Delft Ware Spoons "we could eat our pudding with them!" he told us.

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A word from the School Nurse

The School Nurse, Tracey each week will give advice and information on different health topics or common childhood health issues.

From time to time our children will contract different common childhood infections. This week we will be looking at Threadworm… 

Threadworms (pinworms) are tiny worms in your poo. They're common in children and spread easily. You can treat them without seeing your GP.

Check if it's threadworms
You can spot worms in your poo. They look like pieces of white thread.
You might also see them around your child's bottom (anus). The worms usually come out at night while your child is sleeping. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en

Other symptoms can include:
• extreme itching around the anus or vagina, particularly at night
• irritability and waking up during the night

Less common signs of worms include:
• weight loss
• wetting the bed
• irritated skin around the anus

A pharmacist can help with threadworms

You can buy medicine for threadworms from pharmacies. This is usually a chewable tablet or liquid you swallow.
Treat everyone in your household, even if they don't have symptoms.
Tell the pharmacist if you need to treat a child under 2, or if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. Treatment might not be suitable and you may need to speak to a GP.

You don't need to stay off school, nursery or work with threadworms.
Effective hygiene and especially good hand hygiene are really important on stopping the spread of Threadworm
(Information from NHS.uk.)

For more information on do’s/don’ts and how they are spread follow the link below…


Yr 5 & 6 Microsoft Visit

On Sunday, the Digital leaders, both new and old, had the opportunity to visit London and attend the opening of the Microsoft store. The children began their journey with a trip to Paddington, behaving wonderfully, and responsibly as they took on train changes and the thrilling tube rides at the other end. Seeing some of the sites down at the river on the Sunday night before bed, the children went to their rooms full of chat about the upcoming day. Monday morning, after a full English breakfast, the shopping began. Beginning at M & M world, and the Lego shop, the children were treated to tasters and demos at almost every stand, before entering the wonderful world of Hamley’s, which contained floors and floors of children’s toys, and things to experience. 

Finally arriving at the much anticipated Microsoft store, we were welcomed by a tunnel of people, clapping and cheering our entrance – making the children feel very important indeed! Splitting off into groups, the children worked on ‘Harry Potter’ coding, using wands and script to make jelly beans jump, feathers fly and create many other spells from the popular book series. The other side of the group went into the ‘gaming’ room, which was filled from wall to ceiling with gaming chairs, screens, virtual games and of course the children’s (and teachers) utter amazement. Building Minecraft worlds with specific instructions, the groups battled it out to be the most innovative and creative, leaving many with hats as their prize. Ending our day with certificates and complimentary bottles, the children headed home full of enthusiasm for code! It is safe to say, we had an incredible two days!

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Big Bang Fair

On the 25th June Year 5 went for their third annual trip to the Big Bang Science Fair. This is a STEM-based day out where the children can meet and engage with people from local and national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) industries and companies. 2019 saw the Fair grow considerably as it was hosted in its new venue, Westpoint arena.

The children really enjoyed getting to grips with the exhibits, including an exciting 4x4 vehicle from the Army, a Devon Air Ambulance helicopter and one of our school favourites – the Space Odyssey Space Dome! Virtual Reality goggles were, as always, a crowd-pleaser and a new aspect of the day was the competition. Throughout the day, the children were encouraged to speak to STEM ambassadors around the arena who would explain what they did in their jobs, and award the children a sticker for meeting them – these then entered a draw to win a prize!

The day was an excellent opportunity for the Year 5s to become more inspired by STEM careers and subjects, and we look forward to going once again next June.

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The Swimming Squad

The Swimming Squad swam at the Exeter Primary School Gala on the 18th on June at Pyramids Pool against 10 other schools from all across Exeter. The squad has the best swimmers from Year 4, 5 and 6 in the school and these swimmers competed in 25m races in every stroke discipline: Butterfly, Breaststroke, Freestyle and Backstroke. There was heats for every event and then finals for the quickest 6 times in each event. Many of our pupils made it though to face off against the fastest swimmers in Exeter and Broadclyst came away with many individual triumphs! Finally there were two team races, the girl and boy freestyle relays. There were points awarded for every finishing place during the races, all going towards the team overall score which would be announced at the end of the evening.

The team all did fantastically in their races and overall the whole team came 2nd! The Girls won the Freestyle Relay and the boys came 2nd in their freestyle relay. A brilliant evening of swimming – congratulations to the whole of the swim squad.
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