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Thursday, 02 December 1999

Pixie's Holt

Year 6 had a great time caving, orienteering and exploring Dartmoor on the two weekends preceding October half-term. The class stayed at Pixie’s Holt activity centre, near Dartmeet, and from there visited places like Hound Tor, Pridhamsleigh and Sousson’s Wood.

On Saturday, the children went caving at Pridhamsleigh and also went for a moorland walk, around Hound Tor. The caving was a great opportunity for many individuals to challenge themselves with an activity that was unfamiliar to them, with many children overcoming some nerves around the prospect of small, dark spaces! However, once the groups entered the cave, the instructors from Dartmoor Training Centre did a great job of guiding them around the cave and instilling confidence. The moorland walk was also a good opportunity for the children to enjoy the great outdoors and to learn a little perseverance – on some very steep hills! Having said this, the highlight for many seems to have been certain members of staff’s unsuccessful attempts to use a rope swing!

Sunday brought the new challenge of orienteering in Sousson’s Wood. In small groups, the class competed against one another to navigate around the woods, seeking out marker posts, in order to accumulate the most points. This was followed by a roast dinner back at the centre, which proved to be a big hit!

It was good to see the children engage so well with the different activities, with many coming away with a new confidence in what they can achieve.

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Harvest Festival

Year 3 & 4 held their Harvest Festival Performance in the school hall on 17th October. The audience followed a lonely avocado, played by Skye, on her journey around the world as she found out about how different fruits and vegetables are harvested. Both year groups performed a variety of songs, from traditional harvest scores to Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ and three culturally inspired dances: an Indian dance, a Ugandan dance and a school-yard dance. Skye found children dressed as bearberries, carrots, peas, coffee beans, mangos, bananas, oranges, lemons and sweet potatoes along her journey.

All the children had previously performed in the whole school assembly, where every year group in BCPS and WCPS enjoyed watching what Year 3 & 4 had been working so hard on. They had been practising for a few weeks and it was an excellent opportunity for the children to perform in front of an audience. Some children also had the opportunity to film their bearberry scene in the film studio before the performance.

All the children enjoyed the run up to harvest, as well as the final harvest performance to their family and friends. Hopefully, this performance inspires the children in KS1 to succeed in their Christmas performances and look forward to their involvement with the Harvest Festival in the future. 

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Exeter Football League

Nine Year 5 and 6 pupils were looking to build on their previous successful performance in the second set of Exeter Primary Football League fixtures at St Peter’s school on Monday 9th October. 

BCPS came up against a well organised Newton St Cyres team in the first game and despite putting the opponents under considerable early pressure the first save of the game was made by Max, making his first appearance in the competition.  Eventually, Fraser was able to break the deadlock with a shot from distance that managed to avoid everyone and find the top corner, with the lead being extended soon after by George with a header.  As the game went on Broadclyst ended up on the defensive with a number of calm interceptions from Joel and Charlie that on occasions led to some promising counter attacks, however the game finished 2-0.

The team went into the next game against Willowbrook looking to defend their unbeaten record but found their goalkeeper in fine form making a number of stunning saves. After a number of high quality team moves the first goal of the game was scored by Ben with a run from deep before nutmegging the goalkeeper, with Harry following by scoring a quick hat-trick to leave the score at 4-0 at half-time. A further two goals were scored by the team, including another header by George that he was delighted to describe in great detail throughout the bus journey back to school, to leave the final score as a highly impressive 6-0 victory.

The spectators were highly impressed by the flowing football on display by the team and every player left the pitch with beaming smiles at the end of both games.  After four fixtures this now leaves BCPS top of their group with a 100% record and a goal difference of +18, looking forward to the next set of fixtures on the 20th November. 

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64 children in Year 5 took part in several week-long training courses to learn how to safely ride their bikes on the road. The course, which began on the 18th and 25th September was delivered by the Bikeability team, who inspired the kids to achieve throughout the fortnight.

The children all began cycling on the playground in school and eventually took their bikes out on the road to practise a series of manoeuvres such as indicating, keeping safe distances from vehicles and turning right at a junction. A number of children had never ridden a bike before and by the end of the week were pedalling happily, which was a fantastic success.

Now many children cycle to school lowering the traffic and pollution in Broadclyst! A big thank-you to everyone on the Bikeability team and well done to all the children involved.

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Exeter Primary Football League

9 pupils from Year 5 and 6 attended the first Group A fixtures in the Exeter Primary Football League at St Peter’s School.  For the five Year 5 pupils involved it was their first opportunity to play in the league, and there was considerable excitement from all involved before the fixtures started.

In the first game against Woodwater, the game started with a number of chances at both ends and Broadclyst fell behind to a well-worked team move.  However they soon equalised through a powerful close-range finish from George just before half-time.  As the second half began the scores were kept level through a number of saves by Ben before Harry put Broadclyst into the lead, which they were able to hold on to until the final whistle, even having a few chances to extend their lead.

In the second game against St. Nicholas, the team showed right from the kick off their increased understanding and team work, carving open the opposition on a number of occasions being thwarted by some excellent goalkeeping before Harry was able to score two goals in quick succession.  The pressure on the St. Nicholas goal continued, with a number of moves being started from Fraser and Charlie at the back, and in the second half Otto took up a number of good positions in scoring a hat trick and George added a sixth goal  to end the day with a resounding victory.


 Despite starting their league campaign with a pair of victories, the most pleasing sight was how the entire team supported each other, including the substitutes in each game and the squad are now looking forward to their next fixtures on Monday 9th October. 



Annual Sports Day

On Tuesday 4th July, Broadclyst and Westclyst had their annual sports day. It was the first year that Westclyst had taken part and as such, we had an extra track for the day and filled Broadclyst Village Playing Field with athletics! 

The children competed in track and field events throughout the morning, with KS2 running on a 60m track and KS1 and Early Years running on a 40m track. There were the fiercely competitive throwing events which were The Javelin, Shotput, Discus and Bean-Bag throw. The day also saw the always popular, Standing Long Jump and the usual favourites of Egg and Spoon, Angel race and the Sack race.

The Long Distance races provided some of the most memorable moments of the day as children from Year 6 ran 4 laps of the field, some girls coming in hand-in-hand supporting each other across the finishing line. The children all competed with excellent determination and skill especially in the Sprints as the timings were so close the staff had a difficult job to pick the winners! It was fantastic to see the excellent sportsmanship on display from all the children who all did the school proud. 

After all the races had finished and certificates had been awarded the children returned to school for a well-earned barbeque. It was another successful sportsday and we’re looking forward to next year already! 

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Kingfisher Awards' Picnic

Earlier in the year, Year 4 attended a field day for the Kingfisher project where they learnt about fields, hedgerows, crop and the wildlife that live in the British countryside. In the months following this, they have been writing letters to local members of parliament and sketching and painting beautiful pieces of artwork based on the creatures found in the hedgerow. They have also invented exciting board games and activities that promote the maintenance of hedgerows.

The children have also been completing surveys of the wildlife found within our school borders, producing bar and pie charts to study this and debating on how we could increase this diversity – with an edible hedge being the best idea produced by the classes. 

On top of all this, Year 4 have been hard at work in the kitchens producing a variety of flavours of hedgehog bread, from cheese to chocolate chip. These were sold before the Kingfisher Awards evening and at the school fete over the weekend, to help raise money for the Campaign to Protect Rural England with the slogan “Hedgehogs for Hedgerows”. It is Year 4’s desire that all of their hard work for this project will help raise awareness for the cultivation of hedgerows and that farmers take better care of this important environment on the edge of their fields. 

On July 5th, Year 4 completed their Kingfisher Project by attending the Awards Picnic at Newton St Cyres. The entire year group had worked incredibly hard on this project, producing a huge amount of quality work to be presented on the awards evening. Mr Lawson and Mr Beevor took 12 children from Year 4 to discuss each element of the project with the four judges of the contest; every single one of these children represented the school with pride and were able to recall important and unusual facts about our local hedgerows. Year 4 received Second Place, which is an incredible achievement for them. We are sure that they are all incredibly pleased with this result and proud of the huge amount of work they completed for this project. 


Squad Tournament

On Monday 19th June, throughout the afternoon, all those involved in the football squads took part in an intra-squad tournament on the school field.  The boys were split into four teams; red, orange, blue, green and the girls into three teams; red, green and blue playing 10 minute games in a round-robin format which allowed for plenty of drink breaks in the extremely hot conditions. The boys pitch was refereed by Mr. Beevor and the girls pitch by Mr. Harrison. Mrs. Baines played the vital role of ensuring all those not playing were hydrated throughout. 

Many examples of both individual and team-based skills were on display across both pitches, with each game maintaining a competitive, although friendly atmosphere throughout.  In the boys competition, it was the blue team that finished as champions with an unbeaten record. In the girls competition, the red team were victorious, winning all their games, with it being particularly pleasing that goals were spread right across their team.  After the matches the smiling, although slightly flushed players sat down for a well-earnt drink of water and the medal presentations.  Every player in the winning teams received a medal and Ben and Holli received the awards for ‘Player of the Day’. 

The afternoon was enjoyed by all and every player did exceptionally well to maintain their level of performance in the hot conditions, with a special mention going to each of the girls teams who had to play two games in a row each during the afternoon.  Joseph and Zoe agreed that the tournament was very enjoyable but very hot!

Also on Thursday 22nd June 2017 the girls football team played a friendly match against Duchy school.  The nine girls involved, a mix from year 4 and year 6, tried hard throughout but they lost to a strong Duchy side. 



Devon Summer Games

On 22nd June, 8 children visited Plymouth Albion RFC to compete in the Devon Summer Games Final in the Athletics competition. This team had already won the qualifying round in Exeter and now faced off against the best Athletes in all Devon. They each took part in four events: 600m long distance, 75m sprint, Vortex throw and standing long jump.

The team competed really well and were able to win some of their races and jump really good distances against some fantastic competitors from the 12 other schools! At the end of the day the children’s scores from all the events were totalled and they came 8th out of 12 overall. 

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Big Bang Science Fair

On Wednesday 21st June, Year 5 went to Exeter University for the day. There, we enjoyed the Big Bang Science fair. Mr Harrison, Mrs Lord, Mrs Burrows, Mrs Baynes, Miss Sibbald and Mr Kimber each took a group of children to the various stalls and exhibits that were on display.

The fair was run to help young people learn more about science, engineering, maths and technology. The event started with a fun, interactive show in which the children in Year 5 built their own hovercraft, with balloons; paper aeroplanes, that were rings rather than the usual Concorde design and rockets just using straws, paper and a little bit of sticky tape. They were encouraged to experiment with their designs to see if they could improve them by considering the forces that were acting upon their models. Once the show had finished, we split into our groups and made our way to the other areas of the event. There was so much to enjoy and our day quickly passed. There were combinations of young scientists and engineers demonstrating their work – like a man who let some of the Year 5s ride the motorised skateboard he had invented – and larger organisations like EDF energy and the Fleet Air Arm Museum who we had already visited this year! The children were interested in many of the things to see, such as the virtual reality headsets – one of which required the children to put together a piping system and another, by the army, required them to use a blowtorch to cut through a metal barrier. There were other challenges too, such as building a boat out of tin foil which needed to hold as many pennies as possible – two of our children made it onto the leaderboard!  

Warren said, “I learnt about the computer that showed the signals you get from space. They told me that they didn’t even need to send a satellite because they did it all from Earth. It was really cool!” Everyone really enjoyed the trip – including the teachers – and we all learnt a lot about the latest science and technology!

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