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Year 1 - Class CWD

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Over the course of the year, the curriculum for Year 1 is covered through three main topics, one per term. These will include All about Me, Pirates, Space and Dinosaurs. The majority of work during their time in Year 1 is explored through cross-curricular projects and a range of open ended activities intended to engage, stimulate and challenge all children.

Show and Tell is a time during the week when the children have the opportunity to either bring something special from home to show or to share some news with the rest of the class. The children really enjoy this opportunity and it helps them to organise information, builds their confidence and improves their listening skills. Show and Tell takes place every Wednesday and the children are encouraged to think of at least two things that they would like to tell the rest of the class about what they have bought in.

This year classes in Year 1 and 2 will be joining together to enjoy a PE games session every Tuesday afternoon. The children will have the opportunity to learn new skills and the rules of each game. The children will be doing sessions in sports such as rounders, netball, hockey, football and tag rugby. On a Friday the children will have the opportunity to do gymnastics and dance in the Victory Hall.

The annual KS1 Christmas Nativity will give the children in Year 1 their second opportunity to take part in a performance involving lots of singing, dancing and drama. It is an exciting and busy part of the Autumn term and thoroughly enjoyed by all involved.

In the course of the year there will be an RE week which will help the children explore the idea of belonging. Through listening to a number of visitors from different faiths they will have the opportunity to learn about how different people belong to different religions. They will also have the opportunity to visit the Anglican church in Broadclyst and meet with Reverend Partridge to learn about his role in the community.

Throughout the year the children will have the opportunity to participate in a number of after school activities which range from library club to football club. The clubs are run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3.30pm- 4.45pm. During this time the Academy Cafe will be open with a selection of hot drinks and refreshments.


Football YR2-3

This Football club is on Tuesdays from 3.30pm-4.45pm with Mr Hakes and Mr Leslie.  The children need to meet in 3DL to get changed. It is an exciting chance for budding footballers to learn new skills and find out about how a real football game is played.

We begin with a warm-up each week, stretching and exercising the different parts of our bodies. We then focus on specific skills such as dribbling, passing, defending or shooting. We split into teams to play in mini-tournament football games in which we build our skills and practise playing in different positions, remembering where each player should be placed during the game. Football club is a fun opportunity to learn about football; it is for children who play every day and for those who have never played before.


Musical Theatre Yr 4 - 6

Musical Theatre club takes place after school on a Tuesday and is run by Mrs Alex Pulfer and Miss Abbe Martin. Rehearsals have begun for Peter Pan, to be performed at Victory Hall at the end of June. The auditions for the main characters were held before Christmas, there are songs to learn, and choreograph, and all theos lines to remember!
The club provides children with opportunities to sing, dance, act and choreograph. In addition to these performance skills, this year the children will be able to help make the costumes and props.

Musical theatre club encourages confidence, co-ordination and new friendships between year groups. It is a great way for the children to express themselves creatively and release some energy.

Unlike the other clubs, musical theatre continues each term, working towards a performance in the summer term. This requires dedication, hard work and support from parents. It is great fun and the shows, three evening performances and one matinee, frequently sell out.

Previous musicals have included Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat, Oliver, Annie, Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, and last year, Aladdin. The children sang, danced and acted amazingly well. The audiences we very impressed and the staff and performers were very proud. You can watch the performance by logging onto ClickView.

The club meets at school in Mr Arnot's classroom (5DA) but is held at Victory Hall and parents collect the children from there at 5pm.


Rugby Yr 4 - 6

Tag rugby club is run by Mr Pitts on Thursdays at 3.30-4.45pm and the children meet in 3DL. It is a chance for children to develop their skills in drills designed to improve their passing, running, attacking, defending and working as a team, as well as a variety of other skills. They also have the chance to participate in small-sided games and full games to allow them to put their skills into practice and remember where each player should be placed during the game.

The only things needed for tag rugby club are normal PE kit and a pair of football or rugby boots.

This club is a fun opportunity to learn about tag rugby, it is for children who play every day and for those who have never played before. However, those who come along and show an aptitude and enthusiasm for the game are in pole position to be selected for the school's tag rugby team, which plays friendlies and competitive tournaments against a variety of other schools. We also participate in tag rugby events organised through Clyst Vale, which give children a chance to develop skills in a fun and enjoyable environment. In spring 2014, the team performed so well they played in the final at Twickenham.



Photography and Film Yr 3 - 6

Photography and Film club is run by Mr Lawson on Thursdays at 3.00-4.45pm and the children meet in the Year 6 Lecture Theatre.

Photography: In the first few weeks the children learn to take photographs that are in focus and are central in the picture frame. They will review their photographs and try to improve their photography skills. Working through different themes including 'wood', 'metal' and 'brick', they will also be experimenting with the zoom function on the camera and taking close-up and distance photographs.

Film: There are many stages needed to make a film. Working in groups, the children will decide on the genre of film / TV programme they are going to make, and its contents. Script-writing, location, and props need to be arranged. Sound effects need to be created or sourced, titles and credits written, even trailers to advertise their films.

When the first stages have been completed, each group has the chance to go into the studio and make and edit their film. The finished work will then be put on Clickview for parents and children to watch.




Textiles Yr 4 - 6

The Textile club is run by Mrs Charlton in 3SN on a Tuesday.

With an end-product in mind, the children work over a number of weeks learning new skills. They find acquiring these skills, from learning to use a needle and thread to successfully completing their project, immensely satisfying.

These are skills the children will use throughout their lives, and some may even be budding fashion designers and makers!

Examples of previous projects include: sock monkeys, felt animals, T-shirt making and printing/tie-dyeing, cushions, patchwork and costumes for the summer production. Those who are able to work independently enjoy getting on at their own pace, while others, who need some support, progress very quickly and learn from their friends.




The Hockey Club is run by Mr Duncan Arnot on a Tuesday. The children need to meet in 5LY. To introduce children from Years 3 and 4 to the game of hockey, the children play Uni-Hoc on the school playground using a larger, lighter and safer ball. It is a fun, fast, safe and exciting game that has been designed so that anyone can deliver it, regardless of previous hockey experience. The game is played with plastic sticks, shorter than in field hockey, and with a very light plastic ball, or puck.

  1. Teams have one goalie who must stay within five feet of the goal.
  2. At the start of each half, the game is started with a face-off. After each goal, the team who conceded starts with the ball at the centre circle.
  3. Before the face-off, all players must be on their own sides of the mid-line, and only the player doing the face-off is allowed inside the circle at the centre of that line.
  4. There is no out-of-bounds unless the ball rolls somewhere completely inaccessible. Just continue to play!
  5. If someone deliberately hits an opponent\'s leg, kicks the ball, or commits a foul, a free stoke is awarded. No players are allowed to stand within two metres of the player taking the free stroke.
  6. If there is a disagreement over a foul or goal it will be resolved by the captains.
  7. The winner is the team who scores the most goals at the end of the game.

Chess Yr 4 - 6

The Chess club is run by Mr Beevor on a Thursday from 3.30-4.45pm on a Thursday in 4JB. It is open to children of all abilities who will enjoy a game of skill, tactics and determination.

The school boasts a strong, competitive team, for those who would like to extend their game, as well as regular school-based tournaments and leagues. The school has achieved national success in the past, winning a range of individual and team trophies, which we are keen to keep!

Children who start playing chess at a young age will gain increased focus, self-confidence, patience, logical thinking skills, imagination, problem-solving skills, memory (especially spatial memory), mental agility and mental resistance -all skills that can be transferred into everyday life.


Cooking Yr 2

Cooking club takes place every Tuesday at 3.30pm-4.45pm with Miss Gomersall and Miss Sellick in the science room. Throughout the term the children make a variety of savoury and sweet dishes, including pizza and apple crumble.

The aim of cooking club is to teach the children that some of their favourite dishes can be made easily, are really tasty, as well as healthy. Also to learn some of the basic cooking techniques.



Netball YR4-6

Netball club is run on Thursdays at 3.30-4.45pm by Miss Northcott and Miss Patchett for years 4-6. The children need to meet in 3SN.

Each session will start off with the teaching and practise of a range of new and existing skills and then we always aim to put those skills into practise during a game. Those skills may include throwing and catching accuracy, footwork or even dodging! Everyone is welcome to come along and join in, even those who do not have any experience in the game.

A good start would be to learn the positions, they are:

GS – Goal Shooter

GA – Goal Attack

WA – Wing Attack

C – Center

WD – Wing Defence

GD – Goal Defence

GK – Goal Keeper

The school netball team regularly plays in matches and tournaments and the netball club is where we are able to look for new talent.

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