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We were thrilled when it was announced that we had won the Curator’s Award in the RHS Budding Gardeners Competition, and that as visitors to any RHS garden will be invited to vote for their favourite garden we could go on to win the coveted 'People's Choice Award'.

The whole school has been involved in the project which this year had the theme “Wonderland” celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice in Wonderland. The children’s ideas were used to create a 1m x 1m raised bed that’s has been planted at RHS Rosemoor.

The children in Nursery made a Blue Caterpillar out of 150 blue bottles tops, each one marking a year since the book was written. The children in Reception class enjoyed a Golden Afternoon Tea Party and planted Violas and Pansies in cups and saucers.

Year 1 went “Off with Their Heads” crazy and chopped the heads off carrots and radishes and watched them grow in the window before planting them. Year 2 went around the school grounds to find plants and flowers that would match the colour of each croquet player’s ball. They even made a heat shaped lawn.

Year 3 researched sundials, they made and painted salt dough roses. Year 4, who this year are championing bees made a Cheshire Cat and heart shaped birdfeeder, fir-cone bees and planted pollen rich flowers. The children in Year 5 attempted to grow cotton. They took strawberry runners and planted them in the Queen of Hearts crown along with Bread and Butter-Cups. Year 6 had the opportunity to take a break from their SATs and planted Thyme, Dandelion Clocks and Lucky Clover.

The garden will be on show at Rosemoor over half term and children from the school can get in free. Hopefully people we vote for us. The garden, now known as Wendy’s Wonderland will hopefully be replanted with a little more space in the Academy Café Garden.


21st Century Learning

image-blog-2015-06-22-CLDAs a school we are championing twenty first century learning skills as part of our curriculum. We have always tried to be architect of a unique curriculum that values and provides opportunities for children to develop skills in problem solving, collaboration, resilience, perseverance, self-regulation and communication, in real-world situations. As a school we feel this context-driven approach matters to the pupils in a way that means they take ownership of their learning more.  This year we have been working with Microsoft and their 21st Century Learning Design project to integrate their tools into our curriculum, as well as the Global Enterprise Challenge and Global Community Projects. This is also leading to projects throughout the school which will be later used as examples of good teaching on an international level.




SSAT Awards

The School has been awarded 2 Educational Outcome Awards for Pupil Progress and Pupil Attainment.

SSAT is committed to celebrating the work that happens every day in our schools, and to recognise the teachers who are working so hard for students to receive the rich, challenging education they need.

It was an opportunity to celebrate the school’s work and the SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards.

David James and Nina Rothery went to the event that focused on principled approaches to curriculum and teaching and learning in these times of rapid change. Before the award was presented there was input from SSAT staff and a chance meet with colleagues from around the region to discuss these key issues such as:

An overview of key changes in curriculum and the questions they provoke.

Supporting staff and students with change.

Opportunities to share ideas and strategies for managing key issues and impact on curriculum, teaching and learning and pedagogy.

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Hugo Swire Welcomes the DPA

Article Taken from HugoSwire.org.uk:

Hugo Swire, MP for East Devon, has welcomed the news that Digital Primary Academy has been approved, helping to create more good school places in East Devon.

The Digital Primary Academy - a Free School - will open in 2016, creating 420 new primary places in northeast Exeter. The school will be opened by the same trust that runs the oversubscribed and 'outstanding' Broadclyst Primary Academy, the only UK primary school recognised as a Microsoft Mentor School and part of the Microsoft Global Challenge.

This announcement brings the total number of open and approved Free Schools to more than 400, creating around 230,000 new school places. ‪Free Schools are set up by teachers, parents and community groups and tend to raise the performance of those around them, meaning more opportunities for children to learn the skills they need to get on in life. More than 40,000 pupils are already attending free schools just three-and-a-half years after the first one opened its gates. Over two-thirds of these free schools are already rated good or outstanding.

Mr Swire commented:

‘I am absolutely delighted that the Digital Primary Academy has been approved’.

‘The Broadclyst Primary School has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and, according to the Schools Minister, is one of the top 250 schools in the UK so it is great news that the trust that runs Broadclyst Primary will also manage the Digital Primary Academy. It really does have the making of an excellent school’.  

‘Since their introduction by this Government, Free Schools have had an excellent track record. Not only do they create more school places, which are needed in East Devon, but they have consistently performed better than council funded schools and have had the effect of incentivising nearby underperforming schools to raise their academic standards’. 

The original article can be read in full on the website, here.


World Book Week in Year Three

2015--03-27-3A highlight of the term for Year 3 was World Book Week. The children, who dressed up as characters from their favourite books, were visited by authors Tanya Landman and David Lawrence. In addition, groups of children worked together to write a story from a starting paragraph by a professional author – in fact the whole school joined in with this Write Path project.

Other activity for the week included writing book reviews about My Brother’s Famous Hot Cross Bottom by Jeremy Strong, and staff joined in the fun by dressing up themselves, on a theme of Alice in Wonderland. 


Dinosaur Hunt in Year One

2015--03-27-1The children loved going on a hunt around school to find ten escaped dinosaurs. They learnt about compass directions and used their compasses to follow directions around the school to find the escapees! They also identified various features around the school located at different compass points and they gave each other directions to follow to get to key locations around the classroom and school.
As part of World Book Week, Year 1 children had the fantastic opportunity to join in with a Skype call with a school in Missouri in the US. The children loved talking about their school and life in Exeter and Broadclyst and comparing the similarities and differences between where they live and Missouri. The call included a lovely opportunity to read a story together and to talk about our favourite books and authors.

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