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BCPS Digital Leaders

On Friday, 30 children from Year 5 and 6 were announced as the school’s first group of Digital Leaders. Every child was awarded with their badge, which they have worked hard to get. The children went through a job application style process where they had to submit a form which included the opportunity to share a Coding joke, and then they were called to interview. Miss Clark was on the interview panel and put them through a series of questions and coding challenges. All the children presented themselves well, and were then selected.

Both Year 5 and 6 and KS1 are excited for the Digital Leaders programme to start, as the older children will be teaching children lower down in the school how to code. The Digital Leaders will now be taking part in training sessions, where they will decide what programmes are appropriate for the children to go on, for their coding to progress. Lots of the leaders are keen to start with BBC Micro:Bits as the children will be able to download their code to the Micro:Bit device imported to their computer. In addition, the Digital Leaders will be demonstrating how to be safe online and teaching the children how to act if they are unsure about something.

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Sunflower Competition

From Nursery to Year 6 we are running our first ever `Sunflower Competition'.

Each year group were given 6 potted seeds to grow in class, once they were seedlings, a couple of children from each year helped Mrs Knight to select the best two seedlings and then plant them into the allotment.

We will keep you posted on who is winning and who can grow the tallest sunflower.



Escot 2 day residential

On Thursday 10th May, Year 4 embarked on their two day residential to Escot. Each day was full of outdoor activities, intended to inspire the children through historical interaction, problem solving and collaborative group work. On the first day, the children arrived at the Yurt village, greeted by the local free-roaming chickens and cockerels, and unloaded their belongings into their tents. They then split into two groups: one group went on a foraging walk around Escot, learning what plants are edible or usable, and the other group travelled back in time to the Anglo-Saxon village, learning about Anglo-Saxon life after the Roman’s evacuated Britain. In the village, all the class had the opportunity to live as Anglo-Saxon’s lived. They got to try their hand at woodwork and blacksmithing, carving skittles and moulding broaches, as well as wattle & daubing, dressing up and bread making.

In the evening, Year 4 ventured off to explore the play areas of the park – braving the drop slide, exploring the pirate ship and enjoying the zip wire – before returning to the Yurt Village for a race around the Maze and marshmallows round a campfire. After a lengthy game of Sprint Pictionary, the children went to bed to refresh themselves for the lengthy (and muddy) day that followed.

On the second day, one of the children celebrated their birthday before going on the Bush Craft activities in the morning. These activities were designed to test the strength of teamwork within small groups and the children collaborated to create and light fires and build dens for surviving a downpour during the night. After the challenging Bush Craft activities, Year 4 prepared themselves for a chilly swamp walk. The swamp walk has three stages that increase in difficulty, which most children completed with success. All of Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their time at Escot, getting muddy, wet and tired, over an eventful two days away.

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Exeter & Mid-devon School Games

Twelve Year 3 pupils represented the school at a tennis tournament as part of the Exeter and Mid-Devon School Games on Friday 11th May on the tennis courts at St Luke’s.

The pupils were hugely excited to take part in their first tennis tournament and after an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the courts as well as practising their skills the group stage began.  Every pupil played four games each as part of a team of four, with the overall results leading to a ranking before the second stage.  Perhaps most pleasingly every single pupil won at least one game within this stage and Jaide managed the excellent record of finishing the group unbeaten, while Sophie was defeated just once. 

The three teams then moved onto the next stage of the competition, with the added excitement of Broadclyst v Broadclyst as two of the teams were drawn into the same group.  Unfortunately however, after everyone had played their first games (which resulted in 9 wins out of 12) the weather took a turn for a worse and play unfortunately had to be stopped in all of the groups involving our teams.

Despite this very rainy ending, the team all clearly enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the tournament and all performed admirably, with Harley describing the whole event as ‘exciting’ and Holly stating that it was ‘excellent’.


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Visit from Tony Homer

Year 3 enjoyed a visit from local artist Tony Homer on Thursday 3rd Match as part of their Global Community Project. Their project is to work towards producing their own art pieces, based on local architecture, in the style of a local artist. All of the learning involved will be running alongside a link school in Denmark, who will also be carrying out a local artist and architecture study and imitation.

The local artist Year 3 have been researching is Tony Homer, based in Teignmouth, who agreed to come into Broadclyst to meet everybody. Firstly, the children were introduced to Tony’s early life as an artist and learned what it was that initially inspired him, from his own influential art teachers as a student himself, to visiting a variety of local and national art galleries. The children listened eagerly to everything Tony had to say, “I loved learning about his favourite painting, which is Guernica by Pablo Picasso,” explained Betty Hooper. He had also brought with him a variety of his paintings for the children to observe first hand, helping them to really appreciate the tones and textures in a way that all of the children agreed looking a photo can’t compare to! New ways of finding the motivation and inspiration to create art was fed to the children throughout, as they kept a continuous stream of curious and relevant questions. Also fostering the children’s creativity were the five sketch books Tony had brought in with him. “Looking through his sketch books and seeing his paintings in person was inspiring so because of all of the bright colours he uses!” said Avie Whitton and Ella Gifford. 

Finally, Tony was able to support Year 3 and give them some great artistic tips as they began planning how they would like to interpret his style. After looking through the sketch books, the children were able to come up with lots of impressive ideas which included: fine liner sketches dressed with water colours, contrasting block colour acrylic painting or using a view finder to enlarge a chosen part of Tony’s work. All of Year 3 finished the visit feeling incredibly enthusiastic and ready to continue their journey on their artistic Global Community Project. 

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Residential trip Heatree House

Year 5 went on an exciting residential trip to Heatree House on Dartmoor from the 2nd – 4th May. Split into two groups, the badgers and foxes, the children focussed on geography and history over the three days.

The main focus of the residential was the river study. The foxes started at the source of the River Lemon- at Hay Tor, working down the river to the mouth at Teignmouth and the badgers did the same in reverse. Along the way, they measured the width, depth, flow rate and pebble angularity (smoothness of the granite) and collected data on these different aspects of the river. Over the next few weeks they will be looking at this data to find averages and correlations with a final aim of creating a portfolio of work around rivers, their features, and how they develop. Back at Heatree house they did further work on rivers. Firstly, the children played the ‘Key Game’ to classify and identify different types of shell. They then used that knowledge as they took to a stream on the Heatree grounds. In the stream they dipped nets, danced the ‘Heatree Shuffle’ to disturb the river bed and examined what they had caught in a tray of water. The children and adults alike were astounded at the incredible abundance of life they found in such a small stream. Numerous worms and bugs could be found alongside a plethora of different larvae. The jewel in the crown for many groups was to find the top predator of the stream – the comparatively huge dragonfly nymph (look it up!) However, Jack’s group managed to find six of them! Taking their knowledge even further, the groups went to the ‘cycle factory’. Here, rather than riding bikes (which several anticipated) they recreated some of the different cycles that sustain our natural world – such as the water cycle, oxygen cycle and the cycle of nutrients through soil and decomposition. This activity concluded with the children creating a large food web in which they represented either a producer, consumer or a predator and all linked together using string. Then, one of the Heatree instructors showed what a vast impact pollution can have through spoiling one of the energy sources or producers.

The historical element of the trip built on our class work on the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Leading up to Heatree, the children had been looking at Stonehenge and what an incredible feat it was to build. They also wrote stories based in the Bronze Age, which some of the children, including Harry and Charlotte, took to Heatree and read on the Thursday evening in a roundhouse. This was a brilliant occasion as the children sat around the fire, listening to one another’s stories and learning about the roundhouse’s construction and features – including why they didn’t have chimneys. In addition to this they took part in a number of bush craft activities that would have helped them survive in the more nomadic days of prehistory: they built shelters in the woods, cooked Bannock bread, made fires, created cave paintings, and even made their own nettle and sticky weed tea – which was positively received… by some of the children!

The residential was an excellent experience and enjoyed by all. Despite an unfavourable weather forecast beforehand, we only encountered a tiny amount of drizzle, so none of the activities were at all hindered and we spent most of the time outdoors. This enabled the children to spend plenty of time on the swings, getting rounders on the field and showing off their footballing prowess to the puffed out teachers! No doubt they will all have a great time again when they return to Heatree for adventurous activities in Year 6!

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Year 4 Golf Tournament

On Tuesday 1st May, 20 Year 4 students went to St Luke’s to compete in a golf tournament that tested their hand-eye coordination skills. Divided into two teams, they competed against twelve other schools at a variety of different golf based trials. The majority of the Year 4s competing had only experienced golf a few times and really stepped up to the challenge that this competition offered, trying their hardest to be successful in every activity. 

In each activity, points could be earnt for the entire team. Some of the activities required the children to practice their putting skills, as they attempted to have the ball stop within different distanced circles, or in the centre of a bullseye. They also had to practice their aim with a putter, trying to hit the correct coloured cone they were assigned. Finally, they also had to practice chipping the ball past different distanced lines for a set number of points. 

Throughout all of these activities, the children tried their hardest and earnt an honourable total of points for each team. One team earnt 485 points, putting them in 9th place; the other team earnt 496 points, placing them in 8th. 

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