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Items filtered by date: Friday, 10 December 1999

Year 1 Trip to Martinsfield Farm

Both the Year 1 classes enjoyed a sunny walk to Martinsfield Farm on Friday 16th May. The children had to identify a number of flowers, trees and types of grass on the way and look for animal footprints. At the farm they got to feed some hungry lambs and looked at other animals and the types of footprints they would make. The weather was glorious and a lot of fun was had by all.


Year 1 Fire Service Visit

On Thursday 1st May the Year 1 children had a visit from two firefighters from Devon and Somerset Fire Service. They had a fantastic morning finding out about the role of a Firefighter in the community and learning about the uniform that they wear.  The children dressed up in the firefighter’s uniform, learned about what to do if there is a fire and watched a video about a firefly who gets into trouble. The children have all since made a poster teaching other children about how to stay safe and what to do in the event of a fire.


Year 4 Become Inventors

This term, year 4 children have been learning about important inventions through time. They began looking at the invention of flight, creating presentations and quizzes about key inventors and inventions. Some children thought about which invention they considered to be the most important in history and wrote an argument explaining why. Penicillin and the printing press were some of the choices. 

Next, the children designed and made gliders as part of a fair test, changing one variable on their glider; the number of hoops, the size of the hoops, or the number of straws were some of the class's ideas. They then tested their gliders and concluded which was the most successful. One of the best gliders had a smaller hoop at the front and a larger at the back. They next began inventing balloon powered buggies, using materials to create a buggy that would travel the furthest in a race. The children had some difficulty in attaching the balloons to their buggies but found some interesting ways to solve the problem! The term finished with a balloon buggy race.

Next term year 4 will begin their Kingfisher Awards project, finding out about how dung is a key part of food chains and farming.



Year 2 Chicken Care, Allotment and Habitats

Year 2 have had an eventful summer term so far. They greatly enjoyed the opportunity to look after the chickens in the school allotment as part of their chicken care week. The children were really surprised to discover that the chickens loved eating tomatoes!

In the school allotment, year 2 have also been busy growing a range of flowers including sweet peas. The children planted and watered the seeds and were amazed to see the progress that the flowers have already made.

The children explored the school grounds and discovered a range of different habitats and mini beasts that live there. They used bug viewers to look up close and to help them identify the range of mini beasts. They collected their results as a tally which they then turned into bar charts. They have also learnt about animal adaptations and have designed their own animals with special adaptations for their habitats. 




Textiles Club Doorstops

This term, children in the Textiles club, run by Miss Hampshire and Mrs Charlton, have started a new project by making their own doorstops! So far the children have researched ideas and have learned the importance of using a pattern for cutting out pieces of fabric that make a 3D shape. From dogs to birdhouses, platypuses to elephants, the children have certainly got the creative juices flowing! The next steps will be to learn the stitches to put the pieces together securely. We look forward to seeing the finished objects!


Year 1 Forest School

This term another group of the children in Year 1 have taken part in Forest School, which aims to encourage and inspire children through positive outdoor experiences. The sessions have been led by Sarah Northcott and have taken place at the improved school site. The children have been learning about the natural environment and have had the opportunity to use tools, make dens and cook on an open fire! This has continued to be an extremely positive experience for every child who has taken part.


Yr 3&4 Willowbrook Football Tournament

This term the year 3 & 4 football team played in a local football tournament at Willowbrook Primary School. The tournament consisted of four teams, with each game lasting eight minutes. Despite the recent good weather, the rain forced the competition to be held on the playground. This meant that the pitch and goal size were reduced considerably. Despite the challenging conditions, Broadclyst played very well as a team and dominated the majority of the possession in all three of their games. It was also the first time the team had played together. Overall, the team played competitively and fairly, and were very good representatives of the school. Well done!


Growing and Life Cycles in Foundation

This half-term we have started to learn about Growing and Life Cycles.  We have learnt how plants and flowers grow and have been going to the allotment where we have planted peppers, oregano and tomatoes in our beds. We have weeded, raked and watered the plants. We will soon be able to pick (and eat!) our strawberries that were grown last year. We have also said hello to the school chickens whilst we have been at the allotment.

In English we have been reading ‘The Enormous Turnip’. The children have been re-enacting the story and we have filmed the play to show the children who are starting at our school in September. We have had a giant’s castle in our role play area for the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and the children have enjoyed dressing up in giant's clothes and writing fairy tale stories in there. 


FISH: Breakfast and After School Club

The breakfast and after-school club on offer through FISH has now been running successfully within the school since September. Along with the information below you may wish to read the details in the leaflet about FISH sent out earlier this week, to help you decide which sessions to book should you wish to use it for your children. The club is running well but numbers are still variable, particularly in the after-school club. Without families taking advantage of this facility it may not be viable and the service may not be able to continue.

The club meets every day for Breakfast Club from 7.30am, with breakfast served up until 8.25am, and after school from 3.30pm till 6.00pm. Registration for both is in the science room (KS1 corridor). The children then have access to the Foundation classrooms and toilets at that end of the corridor. Coded locks have been fitted to this area to ensure the safety of the children inside, so we do ask that parents do not enter this part of the building through the KS1 corridor entrance (near the KS1 toilets) or the back doors of the Foundation classrooms after the children have been released at the end of the day. It is an Ofsted requirement for the safe running of the club for it to be in a safe and secure environment that does not have access to the general public.

The FISH after-school sessions complement our existing after-school club programme but these are not guaranteed, nor free childcare. The school clubs are curriculum enrichment opportunities. Due to the low demand the FISH session times are changing. The Breakfast Club costs £3.70 per child and the after-school club has a choice of booking either a half session (4.45pm to 6pm) at £7.50 or a full session between 3.30pm and 6pm, costing £9.00. The later half session is timed to commence as our school-run clubs end. Unlike the school clubs, FISH will provide sessions every day of the week and every week of the term.

Please be aware that although the provision is provided on our premises, if you use the service you will be entering into a direct relationship with FISH. We will, of course, be working very much in tandem with FISH to ensure that the sessions are run successfully.

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Year 5 Heatree Trip

After our Easter break, we returned for a short time and then we were off to Heatree for the Y5 residential experience. For the ‘Badgers’, this started with a river study at Teignmouth, where the mouth of the Teign flows into the sea. We gathered on the sand spit opposite Shaldon and discussed the measurements which would be made of the River Lemon and subsequent opportunities to identify, study and categorise the wildlife in the river which runs through the grounds. We then stopped off at Town Quay to see where the River Lemon joins the River Teign. At Bickington we were divided into smaller groups and used a range of equipment to measure the width, depth and flow rate of the river as well as looking at pebble angularity. To make our results more accurate, we repeated our experiments a further two times at different locations – to see if our results changed at different parts of the river. We were also lucky enough to discover the source of the River Lemon (in a bog), near Haytor, and used this information to form later investigations back in the classroom. It’s fair to say that Year 5 had an excellent time at Heatree – flourishing in all of the amazing activities on offer: felting, mud brick making, wicker sculpture making… in fact, many were even given the challenge of making their own beds for the first time! The statistics gathered from the river study have formed the basis of our Maths and we’re enjoying totalling numbers, finding averages, making comparisons and constructing graphs. 

In addition to all of this, we are also given the wonderful opportunity to take part in the WWI Killerton Project. We are working hard to remember all of our lines and we are greatly looking forward to performing it very soon. 

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