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World Book Day - Year 1

Year 1 thoroughly enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day on 1 March, and the snow was definitely a highlight! 

Throughout the week the children completed various activities revolving around different books and styles of writing. They created their own drama performances based on the story Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss. On World Book Day they were very good at describing their characters and thoroughly enjoyed talking to author Tanya Landman and listening to one of her stories. They are now looking forward to reading some of her books in class.

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World Book Day

Excitement is building for the beginning of our World Book Day celebrations! Tomorrow, the author Tanya Landman will be visiting and delivering talks to all of the children in the school around her life and career. She is the acclaimed author of the ‘Flotsam and Jetsam’ books, as well as the ‘Murder’ series. On Thursday, children will be coming to school dressed as their favourite literary character. The whole school will attend a special World Book Day assembly, when the much anticipated winners of the 500 words competition will be announced and read out. They will also take part in a range of activities rooted in the school’s love of fiction. The author and illustrator Simon James will be visiting school on Friday. He has written and illustrated popular picture books, such as ‘Baby Brains’ and ‘The Boy from Mars’ and will be sharing his tips and experiences with the children.



School Disco Reception, Yr 1, 2 & 3

The Reception classes, Years 1, 2 and 3 enjoyed their school disco on Friday evening. There were some very smart and sparkly outfits, many adorned with ties, braces, crowns and handbags.

With the disco lights on and the music thumping the children were off. There were some dancing couples, some congas and some original dance moves. The dancing competition was a big hit, with prizes going to the best dancers on the night! Some children had been practising their moves for a week or 2!

It is always lovely to see children out of school and enjoying themselves on a Friday night.

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24 Hour Run ..what a success!

The 24 hour run was a huge success and kickstarted the school’s Ethiopia fundraising. Broadclyst  and Westclyst Primary school children lined the corridors, playgrounds and halls to cheer on the three teachers who set themselves the challenge of running throughout the night and following day. The event started at 3pm and throughout the long evening Miss Fox, Miss Smith and Miss Clarke were joined by many of their supportive colleagues who picked out time slots to help with the exhausting challenge. Parents and children were able to skype in and view the running taking place on the treadmill that was situated in the Hall for the entire event.

On Friday morning the teachers were feeling extremely tired and beginning to ache but were greeted by many cheers, supportive waves and kind donations which spurred them on to continue. Throughout the day each class from Broadclyst and Westclyst came along in their PE kits to support the teachers running. They took part in circuits, dances and ran alongside the running machine to keep spirits up. All children were keen to take part and join in with the fun of the day. The event ended at 3pm Friday, when the teachers completed a victory lap around the school playground and crossed the red line.

We were overwhelmed with the generosity and kindness that many people showed for the event. We are now well on our way to reaching our goal. Your money will enable us to deliver projects and lessons to under privileged children in a country that is much less fortunate than ours.

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Year 3 Drumming Workshop

Year 3 excitedly participated in a drumming workshop in the school hall on Tuesday 20th February. 

The pupils were all provided with a drum in a wide variety of different sizes by the visiting tutor Alan Kerr and began the session by experimenting with their drum and listening to the wide variety of sounds created around the room.  

They then completed the session by using the rhythm ‘1,2,3 banana’ which was used to create a high quality final piece of music based around small group work.  Ellen found the session ‘amazing’ while Harry thought the opportunity to play the drums was ‘brilliant’.

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Table Tennis Regional finals

The table tennis squad travelled up to Bristol for a tournament on Saturday 3 February.

Having won the county finals and finishing runners up in the zone finals, the squad found themselves in the regional finals in Bristol. Being the penultimate round before the national finals, the standard of this round was exceptionally high. In the hall were a range of age groups each playing nail-biting matches. Among them were teams that would be representing England in following weeks in Malta, players who had won national competitions and many other players who had won their respective finals.

The matches were structured in the same way as the previous rounds. The boys had three other teams to play – another runner-up from Wednesday, and two winning teams from zones in London. This time sadly Freddie was unwell, so Marlon, Ben, Charlie and Fraser faced the opposition. Every point was difficult and had to be played with as much focus as possible. Our year 6s had only just returned from the London residential the previous night, so did exceptionally well to battle through their tiredness.

The squad played brilliantly and there were many tense, nail-biting moments for both the children and the teachers! Marlon and Fraser found themselves challenging the top under-11 player in England which was a great experience. Sadly, they didn’t manage to make it through to the national competition, but the squad did excellently to make it through to this round for the first time and we hope they can do so again in the future!

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Year 6 Trip to London

Year 6 had a fantastic time during their trip to London last week, exploring the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament and even Downing Street! The purpose of the trip was to learn about the history and heritage of the country, by looking at how England and the rest of the UK has been ruled by the kings, queens and governments of the past 1000 years.

The trip began with a tour of the Tower of London, during which they saw the crown jewels. This was very interesting and the children could see the artefacts that they had researched in class. The group also visited The White Tower that houses the Tower of London’s armoury, the old zoo buildings – which once housed a polar bear – and even the torture chambers – no children were harmed! Finally, the children visited the tower in which Richard III is claimed to have imprisoned his nephews when he claimed the throne; this will lead into a class ‘mock trial’ this week! Thursday concluded with a lovely meal at the Tower Bridge Strada, which was enjoyed by all.

On Friday, the children began with a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster. It was fascinating to be able to walk through the House of Lords and they even observed a debate in the House of Commons! They also visited the Queen’s area of parliament and looked at the traditions surrounding her state visits. They finished with a workshop on how the Lords and the Commons make laws through the process of ‘parliamentary ping-pong.’

The day ended with some sightseeing, which included a visit to Downing Street. It was very exciting to be ushered through the security gates to see some of the most important buildings in the country. Everyone arrived home quite tired, but very excited by everything that they had seen.

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