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Yr 3 Killerton Visit

Year 3 pupils not away on residential visited Killerton on Thursday 21st March as part of their writing project based around Enid Blyton’s ‘Faraway Tree’ books.
After arriving at Killerton and depositing their lunchboxes in the Land of Lunch (Engine Room), they then proceeded to walk around the estate noticing the wide variety of trees on the estate, many of which were grown from saplings acquired from right across the world.  The group the entered the Land of Fallen Giants, sitting on fallen trees to read their Faraway Tree diaries to one another, before moving onto making observational drawings of their surroundings in the Land of Art Activities (with a quick break on a tree swing in-between).   Next the group continued on their walk, visiting the tallest tree at Killerton (41metres high) and then everyone squeezed into the Bear Hut to imagine what life in one of the treehouses would have been like.  At this stage after an exhausting walk, the group had earnt their trip to the Land of Lunch and feeling refreshed the group then visited their final location of the day the Land of Fun and Games.  Here pupils had to work together to complete the tasks set with parachute games being a particular favourite. 
Every pupil enjoyed the opportunity to visit Killerton and by the end of the day many were suggesting their own ideas to expand on the Faraway Tree lands; even including the Land of Time when waiting for the minibuses to return! The setting was perfect to retell the diaries they had written and a number of the observational drawings produced were to a very high standard capturing the scene and producing a more permanent memory of their visit.
 K1 opt (1) k2 opt (1) K3 opt (1)K opt (1)

Yr 2 Rosemoor Gardens Visit

On Thursday 21st March Year 2 Broadclyst and Westclyst visited Rosemoor gardens. They gave their senses a workout with a variety of activities. The children tasted different fruit and vegetables and discussed how they felt and sounded in their mouths. In the beautiful gardens they searched for items using their sense of touch, hearing and smell, finally making a perfumed cocktail using a variety of herbs and flowers.
The children were able to learn about the different types of plants growing at this time of year and identify some common and less common plants in the grounds. This is all information they are going to put towards making their own plant documentaries in the TV studio. Tristan commented, “I liked the day because I love nature, so to go to a pretty garden with such a nice layout was wonderful. The best part for me was when we had to close our eyes and listen to the birds. I heard a woodpecker, a tree creeper, a robin and a blackbird”. Lola was very enthusiastic “I liked trying the fruit and vegetables most – I’d never tried fennel before and it was delicious”. Harriet added “I loved it when we explored the forest I saw sticks, leaves, acorns, a lake and some creatures like a dragonfly, bee and a butterfly”. Sofia summed up the day, “it was so fun and active while learning about plants – the best trip ever!”.
RG1 opt 3


Yr 1 Bicton Park Visit

Year 1 had a wonderful day at Bicton Park and Gardens last Thursday. As part of our travel through time project we visited the countryside museum where we were shown around by a lovely gentleman named Fred who told us all about the various machines and engines - he even let us have a seat on a tractor and a ride in a carriage! We also had a ride on the famous train around the grounds of the park, we loved spotting all the clues on the way round which told us more about each part of the garden. In the afternoon we had a 'Sow and Grow' workshop where we learned about the importance of plants in the environment and had a look at a daffodil up close. We also planted our own seeds to bring back to school and look after - we can't wait to see what they turn into! Finally we had a quick play in the park before, sadly, it was time to return to school.

BP1 opt 1 BP opt 1


Reception World of Country Life Visit

On Thursday Reception went on their first school trip to the World of Country Life. We were all very excited from the moment we stepped on the coach. "I liked going on the coach with my friends" said Ruby.
We had a very busy morning feeding the cows, walking the goats and cuddling the guinea pigs. Before lunch we got to go on a tractor ride which took us to feed some deer. "I liked feeding the deer" said Poppy, "they licked me and it was a bit slobbery". Albie also agreed that "the best part was going on the tractor to feed the deer because they were licking our hands".
In the afternoon we explored the grounds and watched a birds of prey flight display. "I liked seeing the animals fly because some of them went in circles" said Lucie.

CL1 opt 1 CL2 opt 1


Reception Bear Trail Visit


On 21st March WCPS Reception enjoyed their first ever school trip to the Bear Trail. Excitement levels were high as we put on our wellies and puddle suits before leaving school on the mini buses.
We climbed under tyres, over cargo nets, across rope bridges, and down slides into muddy puddles!Children made their class teachers proud by giving everything a go and being brave, as well as kind and supportive to their friends. We all loved the mud...some a little too much.
We can't wait for our next school trip!
BT2 opt 1 BT opt 1



Science Week

Broadclyst Primary School- Reception
As part of Science week Reception have been looking at houses as we are learning about the traditional tale, The Three Little Pigs. The children built houses using different materials – sticks, straw, paper, card and even spaghetti and marshmallows!  The children worked brilliantly in their teams to make their houses and we even tried to blow them down like the wolf in the story! The children made their predictions about which house they thought would be the strongest and the weakest and why. Most of them were right but the sticks and marshmallow houses were surprisingly strong! “It was so good when we made our own house because it was really fun when we got to blow them down and I loved making a house with marshmallows because I love them.” Rupert
On Wednesday we were lucky enough to have a workshop with Sciencedipity. The children made George’s Marvellous Medicine and even their own bowl of dreams just like in the BFG! The children had such a good time that we are all now inspired to try new Science experiments in class. “ The Science lady was really good” said Josh and “I loved making George’s Marvellous Medicine, it was really bubbly!” Scarlett.
RS1 opt 1 
Westclyst Primary School- Reception
To celebrate science week this week Reception have been learning all about materials! As well as learning about their properties, we have tied it into our current project of traditional tales and the Three Little Pigs. We have been designing and testing houses made from different materials and finding out which ones are the strongest. We have also built houses from sticks and straw to discover why they didn't make good houses in the story!
On Wednesday we really enjoyed a visit from 'Sciencedipity'. We made 'George and the Marvellous Medicine' potions and watched lots of other science experiments such as the making 'elephant toothpaste' from hydrogen peroxide. We then had the chance to get into small groups to make our own 'lava- lamps'.
Science week has been so exciting for Reception and left us feeling excited for more science that we will be learning throughout the rest of the year.
IMG 0795 opt 1
Broadclyst Primary School- Year 1
In celebration of science week, Year 1 have been learning all about seasonal changes. We have learnt a song, created a piece of art work and learnt what a hedgehog does during each season. Although our highlight of the week was becoming scientists for the morning. We had the fantastic Sciencedipity come and show us some Roald Dahl inspired science experiments. We loved creating bowls of dreams and watching explosions! A great week had by all.
IMG 2455 opt 2
Westclyst Primary School- Year 1
Year 1 have had the most exciting week in school learning all about science. Our topic was 'seasons' and the children have been doing a range of activities which has broadened their knowledge and most of all, been exciting! We have been filming weather reports in the studio, learning songs, making weather props in art and writing acrostic poems about our favourite season. On Wednesday we had a visit from Sciencedipity who showed us some amazing experiments all based on the stories of Roald Dahl. We made a coke bottles explode, toilet paper fly, things levitate and dream potions to send us off to sleep. We have learnt so much and gained a new interest in science. We can't wait to put some of our learning into practise - watch out at home!
SG opt 2 Science Week
Broadclyst & Westclyst Primary School- Year 2
The children in Westclyst and Broadclyst Year 2 have thoroughly enjoyed a busy and inspiring Science Week, becoming scientists and carrying out their own experiments.
As part of their current project on ‘Plants’ the children in BCPS have continued their learning about what a healthy plant needs, the different parts and functions of a plant and their lifecycles. They have carried out an experiment to investigate how much water and light a plant needs to be healthy. Through this, they learnt about making predictions, what makes a fair test and how to write a conclusion based on their results. Harry was very surprised to find out his predictions had been proved wrong saying, “I thought that the seeds we planted and gave no light to would die but actually they did grow. They just turned out yellow!”. Everything the children have learnt about plants will be used in the scripts they have started writing for their own plant documentaries to be recorded in the TV studio this term! In WCPS Year 2 the children have been finding out about simple food chains by visiting our goats and learning key terms such as producer and consumer. They’ve enjoyed ordering themselves into these food chains and experimenting with what happens when an element is missing. Max commented “It’s really important that each part of the food chain is there otherwise it can all come to s stop”.
For the finale of a fantastic science filled week, the children of both WCPS and BCPS were lucky enough to have an amazing workshop from Sciencedipity where they saw some George’s Marvellous Medicine inspired chemical reactions after hearing an extract from the book. Oliver said, “It was so much fun mixing all of the horrible ingredients in the medicine and seeing it change.”. They also ventured outside to observe the reaction when you add Mentos to cola and relished being caught in the spray! Lily said, “It was so amazing seeing the coke explode, I didn’t think it would go so far.”
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Broadclyst Primary School- Year 3
Science week was a blast for Year 3!
As the school celebrated Science Week for the first time, Year 3 made the most of it by taking part in a range of different Scientific activities throughout the 5 days.
One of the highlights was a visit from Galliford Try, who are building the new Westclyst School Site! This became very exciting as the children were transformed into bridge constructors and competed in teams to build the strongest, most attractive, colourful bridges whilst also having to work well in teams. They made some amazing structures in these workshops that were brimming with suspense! (Trying to find the pictures of this!)

The Rock & Rapid residential was of course a huge event for the Year 3s that went on Thursday and Friday, but for those who remained at school, creating shadow puppets was the order of the day! In the two days while the other half of the Year group were away, they used their knowledge of light and dark to investigate what light & darkness are as well as applying their knowledge of shadow to create puppets and script a show to teach younger children about 2D shapes. These are being recorded in our Studio!

The Sciencedipity sessions were a real crowd-pleaser for every Year group and the Year 3s loved creating George’s Marvellous Medicine among other Roald Dahl inspired concoctions! To round off the week we also took part in a variety of other exciting events – learning what employees at the RD&E do, finding out about inspiring women in science as well as heading over to this month’s astronomy club!
Year 3 x1 opt (3) Year 3 opt (1)
Broadclyst Primary School- Year 4
During British Science Week, the children of Year 4 have taken part in a variety of activities led by visitors and their own teachers.
They have been lucky enough to have a guest visit from Sciencedipity; who, in the short time Year 4 were with them, taught them about mixing PVA glue, Borax and green dye to create their own slime. Despite the sheer level of mess, the children had a wonderful time and got to take their slime home.
In class, they have been investigating the working of circuits, taking on the role of buzzers, switches and bulbs. With Energy Sticks, the children have been able to see a human circuit completed, as the stick lights up and flashes when a circle are all holding hands. Building upon this electrical understanding, Year 4 have been coding using Micro:Bits. After discovering the basic features of this technology, the children have begun adding sounds, symbols and radio signals to their Micro:Bits to make mini-Morse Code machines. They are then testing these machines next week, against ‘runners’ and will hopefully discover for themselves why Morse Code and the telegraph was such an important invention of the Victorian Era.
  Year 4 x 2 opt (1) Year 4 opt (1)
Broadclyst Primary School- Year 5
Sciencedipty visited Year 5 on Friday morning to take them through a series of exciting irreversible reactions that were themed on the books by Roald Dahl! The pupils made George’s Marvellous Medicine; mixing together various chemicals which fizzed, popped and bubbled up delightfully. They then exploded Frobscottle with alarming effect by adding Mentos to a bottle of diet coke. The children loved these experiments and learning about the different reactions.
Broadclyst Primary School- Year 6

Can you switch a magnet on and off? This was the question that Year 6 answered as Science Week began. Terry, an engineer from the Science Learning Partnership, visited to run a workshop on magnetism. During the workshop, he introduced the idea that it was possible to build artificial magnets (electro-magnets) that use coiled wire and batteries.

Later in the week, the class also had a workshop with ‘Sciencedipity’ – a practical science show, full experiments inspired by the classic children’s author Roald Dahl. They made snozcumber juice, George’s Marvellous Medicine and an explosive experiment with Mentos and Coca Cola! Aside from learning a lot about chemical reactions, the class had a great time and each took home a pot of slime!

Year 6 (1) opt (1) Year 6 (2) opt (1) Year 6 (3) opt (1) Year 6 (4) opt (1)


EFL Kids Cup

On Wednesday 13th March Eight boys from Years 5 and 6 represented both the school and Exeter City Community Trust at the regional finals of the EFL Kids Cup on the AstroTurf at Stanley Park in Chippenham on Wednesday 13th March hosted by Swindon Town Football in the Community Trust.

The team had reached this stage after winning their local tournament at Exeter University in January and now in their group stage had 5 fixtures against schools representing Cheltenham Town, Swindon Town, Colchester United, Newport County and MK Dons. In the first game the team faced Cheltenham Town and not only had they realised there was a step up in the level of competition but also that the wind would have a significant impact on their play. The team recovered twice to draw this fixture 2-2 and after a short rest faced the hosts Swindon Town as the first part of a run of three fixtures in a row. After dominating possession they went 1-0 up, before Swindon equalised with their first real attempt on goal. The team recovered from this, a trait which was to be displayed throughout the competition and won the fixture 2-1, a goal assisted by Otto who had a significant impact on the game after coming on.  Next they faced a strong Colchester team and had to show their character again after going 2-0 down, however they not only did this to bring the fixture back to 2-2, initially through Ethan winning and scoring a penalty but in the final moments scored the winning goal to make it 3-2.  On a high from that result the team then progressed onto their next match, achieving a stunning 6-0 victory against Newport County, including two near identical goals from the half-way line by Jack, and the final goal by Ben after an excellent defensive performance throughout all the fixtures so far.  For their final fixture the team faced a strong MK Dons side and were able to secure a draw thanks to battling performances from both Charlie E and Charlie K ensuring that they went through to the semi-finals as runners-up in their group at the expense of their opponent.
The team were drawn to face Cambridge United in the semi-final and despite dominating possession and being denied by the woodwork the game finished 0-0, even after extra-time. This meant penalties, Cambridge scored their first two with Broadclyst (Exeter City) responding through Ethan and Harry. Then the final Cambridge penalty was saved by Max who then stepped up to take the final penalty himself which he scored confidently to secure a berth in the final.  This meant a repeat of their very first game against Cheltenham Town and the game was again well-matched until Harry scored with a fierce drive from distance to secure a 1-0 win and the regional trophy.
Furthermore this result now means that the team will represent Exeter City Community Trust in the EFL Kids Cup final on the pitch at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 25th May, a stunning and well-deserved achievement that will be talked about for some time to come!
EFL1 opt 1 ELF2 opt 2

Yr 3 Rock and Rapid Residential

Thirty Year 3 pupils went on their first residential to Rock and Rapid Adventures in South Molton on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th March.

Despite the dreary conditions upon arrival at the centre, the mood was positive amongst the group and there was considerable excitement after their tour of the centre and a glimpse of what the activities had to offer. After lunch and unpacking their belongings the three groups were ready to begin their activities.  With the weather as it was the activities were adapted slightly so they rotated between Climbing, Bouldering and Abseiling indoors and were enjoyed by all. It was particularly pleasing to see climbers cheering on their friends who were abseiling at the time as well as those abseiling greeting their friends as they reached the top of their walls. In the climbing sessions all pupils challenged themselves to improve upon their previous performances and in some cases moved onto much more challenging walls then they had encountered before.  Most pupils also achieved the abseiling course at the centre and it was great to see a number of pupils overcome their fears assisted by the centre staff who were extremely supportive and highly popular with the group over the two days.  Bouldering was a favourite activity for many, both pupils and staff alike with some liking the challenge of getting to the top of each wall, while others preferred landing on the soft mats, particularly after some highly competitive games of ‘the floor is lava’!

After a well-earnt dinner it was time for the evening activity to finish the day.  The group was tasked with completing a Scavenger Hunt around the centre and accommodation finding an item beginning with each letter of the alphabet. The three teams threw themselves into this wholeheartedly and soon items including helmets, carabiners and even part of a hosepipe were all being taken to the judging table.  Team 3 were first to complete the challenge (with the ingenious spotting of an x-factor annual) and then the entire group were able to relax with a hot chocolate and a film before their well-deserved rest.
The second day started with a fulfilling breakfast of either bacon rolls, toast or cereal giving all the energy to approach the day ahead.  Initially the groups completed their final rotation of Climbing, Abseiling and Bouldering from the previous day before everyone put on their waterproofs to go outside and attempt the low ropes course, while also completing some team-building challenges.  Despite some challenging conditions, the groups worked together brilliantly to manoeuvre successfully around the course, often encouraging and waiting for one another.  With the end of this activity it was time for in some cases what was to be the most challenging activity of all, packing ready for the return to school after lunch.  The instructors praised all the pupils for both their efforts and behaviour throughout their time at the centre and are already looking forward to the arrival of the second group next Thursday.
RR1 opt 1 RR3 opt 1 RR2 opt 3 RR opt 3



Yr 4 Exeter Mosque Visit

Some members from Year 4 went to Exeter Mosque on Monday 11th March to continue their investigation of their religious question: ‘what is worship and does it have to happen in a special place?’

The children received an in-depth tour of the building, exploring the male and female areas of worship, special wash rooms and prayer rooms. On this tour they were encouraged to question what made the Mosque ‘special’ to the Muslim faith and whether Muslims were expected to worship there. The children were fortunate enough to see praying in action and observe how this is conducted within the Mosque.
It is clear the children have grown in their understanding of different religious faiths as they are now starting to debate the importance of a special place and the relationship it has to a faith’s worship.


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