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Items filtered by date: Thursday, 02 December 1999

Y4 Police Interviews

Eight children from Year 4 were visited by the police on Monday 8th October as part of a training programme for existing officers, from the Middlemoor Police Headquarters. These police officers spent time with the children in school, discovering the different projects that the children get up to. The children sat with the visitors and explained OneNote and Teams and how it is utilised within the school.

On Tuesday 9th October, the same eight children then visited Middlemoor Police Headquarters to aid the police officers in practice interviews. Before, each child watched a short video and are put at ease – being told it is not a test for them but a test for how the officers communicate with the children and ask them questions. The videos vary but have a clear scene, for example a possible theft from a car or a man putting a balaclava into a rubbish bin. In a pretend interview room with pretend cameras, the children are asked questions about what they saw – some even draw what they saw.

The children are then rewarded with a swim in the Middlemoor pool, enjoying the whole pool for themselves and have lunch in the Police canteen – sausage, chips and beans; followed by ice-cream!




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. “My favourite part was the caving,” said Otto. “I particularly enjoyed some of the natural slides.” Zoe Taylor also agreed, stating that she had fun “fitting through some of the trickier holes.” 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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Extra Curricular Activities


Table Tennis: It’s been great to pick up the table tennis again this term. The year 4s, 5s and 6s have already shown their talent on the table in their rallies, serves and smashes! We’ve been working on some different skills through fun games like ‘Donkey’ and Mr Kimber’s own invention ‘The cone game’. It’s clear that everyone is already improving after just two weeks and we are all looking forward to more matches next week! Why not watch last week’s Headteacher’s Blog to see some of the children in action?

Science Club: The atmosphere was electric on Tuesday as the year 2 & 3 science club experimented with circuits. Trying to light a bulb then making it brighter was a tricky challenge that the children sunk their teeth into and really enjoyed. We’re all really looking forward to next week when we’ll be looking at chemical reactions – what happens when bicarbonate of soda mixes with vinegar… watch this space!

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Y3 Orchard Visit


Year 3 as part of their learning around Harvest visited Killerton on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th October.  Prior to the visit pupils had stitched quilts based on the seasons which are set to be displayed at Killerton as part of the Apple festival. 

When each Year 3 class arrived at Killerton they gathered together to learn about the apple harvest at Killerton and what activities they would be doing over the afternoon, although not quite involving all of the 100+ varieties of apples grown on the estate!  From this point the class split into two groups; one group collecting apples ready for pressing while the other group had a go at pressing their own apples and most significantly tasting some apple juice!  When collecting the apples pupils had to display excellent teamworking skills in order to pick more apples than the other teams as well as ensuring that they only picked apples good enough for juicing.  Furthermore by only picking apples from the floor they would know that these apples were ready.  During this the other group saw the Killerton press and how this worked, before producing their own apple pulp that then in teams they had a go at pressing.  Despite some aching arms every group were able to producing a significant amount of juice, while made handling the apple pulp worthwhile for all.

Every pupil not only really enjoyed the activities but learnt a lot more about how to produce apple juice and are now very excited to see their finished quilts on display.




Shakespeare Festival


The cast of The Comedy of Errors participated in a workshop run by the School’s Shakespeare Festival on the 2nd October. The workshop took place at The Princess Theatre in Torquay, which provided an excellent opportunity for the cast to see the venue they will be performing in.

The workshop was run by directors who work with the Festival. They gave the children advice on how to improve their performance skills, such as how to project your voice effectively and create the physicality of your character. The cast also had the opportunity to share the prologue of the play and receive some constructive feedback, which has proved helpful moving forward with rehearsals.  Grace, who plays Luciana, said that “Being able to practice on the stage we are performing on has stopped me from feeling so nervous and made me excited about the performance!”.

The cast are now in the final stages of rehearsal and are gearing up for their performances at Exeter Phoenix, on Thursday 15th November, and the Princess Theatre, on Tuesday the 20th of November. The play is shaping up to be a fun filled adaptation, with plenty of music and disco dancing to breath fresh life into the bard! Tickets are available for both venues online and all are welcome to come and support.




Extra Curricular Activities

Ball games: In ball games club, children will have the opportunity to learn a variety of skills used across ball games including basketball, netball, hockey and football. We will be covering skills such as throwing, catching, controlling the ball and improving team- work. So far, we have begun to improve our throwing and catching by playing some games. We also had our first game of 'bench ball' where teams had to pass to their allocated catcher in order to score.

Mixed sports: So far in Mixed Sports club the group have completed a rotation of activities including practising skills such skipping, jumping over hurdles, scoring and dribbling. In this club children will have the opportunity to improve their skills across a number of sports as well as putting some of these skills into practise with a mini game! We will play ball games such as football, hockey, basketball and netball as well as practising other elements of sports or other skills such as running, skipping and jumping over hurdles. One week we will complete a mini 'obstacle course' to practise these skills... as well as resilience!


Schools International Award


Broadclyst Primary School has undergone a re-accreditation of the British councils ‘Schools International Award’  for the fourth time with a glowing report!

The International School award is a British Council accreditation scheme rewarding schools with a notable global element in their curriculum. Every three years the International coordinator at Broadclyst School reviews and evidences all the international education that takes place across all year groups and how it is enriching teaching and learning; giving pupils a window into different cultures and countries and helping them to develop as global citizens. 

At Broadclyst school we pride our self in delivering this global education and within projects such as the  ‘Global Enterprise Challenge,’ and the ‘Global communities project’ and we allow and encourage the pupils to work with and communicate with children from all round the world.  Within the report the international School Awards Team observed;
“Your ambassadorial role is firmly established via your support for both international and local schools with the establishment of international links and projects, and progression towards International School Award accreditation. Broadclyst is an international school in every respect!”



Exeter Primary Football League


Pupils from Years 5 and 6 represented the school in the first round of Exeter Primary Football League fixtures at St. Peter’s AstroTurf on Monday 1st October.

Year 6 pupils (Broadclyst blue) had two fixtures this game week, aiming to defend their group stage title from last season, starting against Wynstream before playing Countess Wear.  In the fixture against Wynstream the team started slowly before going into a 1-0 lead thanks to Charlie just before half time.  The team then settled into their rhythm in the second half going on to win 4-0 thanks to goals from Ethan, Otto and Harry.  Max, Ben and Jack also played their part defensively to ensure the team started their campaign with a clean sheet.  The team started their second game exceptionally well, scoring a number of quick goals to take an impressive 7-0 lead at the break. The team added another goal in the second half to finish the game 8-0 winners. Goal scorers included Ethan with four goals, Otto with two, Charlie and Harry, ably assisted by Tegan in a number of moves that lead to a goal.

The Year 5 pupils (Broadclyst yellow) only had one fixture on this occasion, furthermore this was the first game for all of the players involved in the league.  They faced Topsham in a close encounter, leading 1-0 at half-time before defending well in the second half to end the game with 3 points and a well-earnt 2-1 victory.  The goals were scored by Isaac and Kiaran, although Zack and Jack also deserve credit for a pair of excellent goalkeeping performances.

All the pupils involved are now looking forward to the next round of league fixtures early in November, aiming to cement both teams positions in the top half of the table.

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