Year 6’s adventure training week at Heatree Activity centre is always a highlight of year for the class and this year was no exception. With glorious weather, excellent instructors and a wide range of outdoor activities, the children had a lovely week. The activity sessions featured outdoor pursuits, such as mountain biking, archery, high ropes and raft-building. In addition, the class was joined by eleven students from Daltonschool Elserike, one of BCPS’s link schools in the Netherlands, who were on their annual overseas residential.
Throughout the week, the children worked together in teams to tackled the different activities. The children formed new friendships, both with classmates and with the Dutch children. It was heartening to see the way in which children encouraged and supported one another when tackling challenges. There was also an opportunity for each team member to earn a National Outdoor Learning Award (NOLA). Instructors worked with them to explore the three core values of outdoor education, a desire to learn new skills, safety and respect. All of the children succeeded in achieving this and were a credit to the school.
Many of the children challenged their fears and accomplished far more than they believed that they could. “The mountain biking track was brilliant, yet challenging,” said Warren Beer. Sonny Smith agreed: “The berms were really fun to go over, even though I fell off!” Cecily Marsh particularly enjoyed archery: “When I began, I couldn’t even hit the target, but I improved a lot!” Lily Kehoe’s favourite was abseiling as it “helped her to overcome her fear of heights.”
Some of the Year 6s will be heading to the Netherlands next week to meet up with their counterparts from Elserike, once again.
Year 5 perform ‘Gertrude’s Garden Party’ to mark centenary of WW1 & women’s voting rights.
1918 marked two important occasions in the history of our country. First, it was the end of World War One. Second, it was the year when many women were granted the vote for the first time. 100 years later, in 2018, the Year 5 pupils put on a drama production to celebrate and remember these landmark events. Set in the grounds of the National Trust’s Killerton house, the pupils performed a series of historical sketches to reveal some of the realities that took place in that era of our history. Performing as soldiers, laundry maids, suffragettes, gardeners and the rich, the play was set on a real event that was hosted by Gertrude Acland – the lady of the house – in the 1910s: an Anti-Suffrage garden party.
The four performances which took place in the mornings and afternoons of the 14th and 15th June were both scripted to inform and entertain. Visitors found themselves observing the political debates of Gertrude and her husband Charles against their Suffragist niece and nephew- Francis and Eleanor (as well as their troublesome children.) They then saw the disorganised and unruly gardeners who were being tasked with cutting grass with scissors and paint brown leaves green in readiness for the ‘distinguished guests.’ A corporal was then to be encountered as he and his men discovered that due to them leaving their properties to fight in the war, they too had lost their right to vote! However, there was also a whisper of sabotage on the air as the laundry maids were surreptitiously reading the ‘Suffragette Cookbook’ and various groups of suspicious characters were stumbled upon around the gardens – some collecting pebbles that they definitely weren’t going to throw through windows and another pair who discovered that their sign ‘Vots for Women’ was misspelt. The event culminated in Mr Roberts and Miss Somervell – Anti-suffrage speakers – arriving in a classic Austin to the house and giving some rather controversial speeches. Following this, the anti-suffrage garden party goers began to sing a song, which was quickly drowned out by the cacophony of suffragettes marching in and crashing the party.
The children all performed excellently in the performances, and the parents and other visitors who attended the event found it highly enjoyable!
Recordings of the performances will be available on Clickview in the near future. Keep your eye out for another Year 5 performance in Summer 2019!
A squad of Year 5 pupils had earned Broadclyst the opportunity to play in the Exeter Primary Football League Finals event at St Peter’s on Monday 11th June. The team had qualified as group winners, winning a trophy for their efforts and were now looking forward to this knockout event.
In the quarter-final they were drawn to play Montgomery and the match started evenly with most of the play in the middle third of the pitch. Broadclyst were just started to dominate the game when one of the defenders suffered an uncharacteristic slip and Montogmery took the chance from close range giving Max in goal no chance. From this point on the team pressed forward in search of an equaliser with both Ethan and Charlie creating good opportunities that were well defended, Otto and Toby being unfortunate to not quite reach a cross and Harry hitting the post all before half-time. The second half continued in much the same way with near constant pressure on the Montgomery end, leaving Jack, Ben and Nathan little to do defensively. Despite this pressure the team were denied by a number of good saves from the opposition goalkeeper and a couple of shots going the wrong side of the post and the match finished 1-0 to Montgomery.
The team were hugely dejected to bow out at the quarter final stage, but they must look back on their achievements this year with great pride as winning their group was a huge achievement against a good standard of opposition. They are now already looking forward to competing again in the league next year.
Our upcoming Killerton Performances by Year 5 have been featured in the Exeter Daily News. You can read the article here on their website, or below:
Sixty-seven children from Year 5 at Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) will be taking on the challenge of re-enacting a famous day in Devon’s history when they perform Gertrude’s Garden Party in the house and grounds of National Trust Killerton on 14 and 15 June.
The 9/10-year-olds will recreate a day in the early 1900s when a large number of people attended a garden party, held by lady of the house Gertrude Acland. Speaking at the party were anti-suffrage campaigners, because Gertrude was directly opposed to the views of her daughter Eleanor– a staunch Suffragist.
The drama will also reflect the views of soldiers at this important time in British politics when the people of the UK were divided on whether women, and indeed many men, should have the vote. Many of the soldiers who had fought in the First World War had lost their votes, and the children will be portraying some of the thoughts of these returning soldiers in the performance.
The action will take place in various locations inside the house and outside in the grounds, finishing with a recreation of the garden party and accompanying speeches in the dramatic grand garden of the house.
Headteacher Jonathan Bishop explained the importance of these performances to the children: “This is an annual event, through which the children of Broadclyst School learn about key events in local history. Not only have they done their research, but they have also written the script and developed their dramatic skills in order to bring to life an outstanding moment in history against the stunning backdrop of Killerton House."
Killerton House and gardens are open to the public and all will be welcome. Performances will take place at 10:15am and 4:30pm on both days, and will last approximately one hour. There is no charge for the performances, but National Trust admission charges apply for entry to the grounds.
Crispins of Bradninch have very kindly lent a vintage car, free of charge, to add authenticity and drama to the performances.
Pupils from Years 5 and 6 represented the school at Quadkids Athletics in the Exeter and Mid Devon School Games at St Luke’s on Tuesday 5th June. In a Quadkids competition every pupil has to sprint 75metre, complete a 600metre run, perform a standing long jump and complete a throw before a final relay at the end.
In ideal conditions the pupils were split into two teams and sent to compete in their respective events. There were a number of excellent performances with a number of 1st place finishes in the sprint and 600metre races, jumps of over 2metres30, in one case achieving a remarkable 2metres70, and throws measuring 30metres. Finally to complete the activity the team won 3 out of the 4 relays they competed in, with the girls performance being particularly breath-taking.
After enjoying a well-earnt lunch the groups gathered to learn the final results in the team and individual competitions. In the Boys competition pupils from Broadclyst finished second, third, fourth and fifth with Joel earning a bronze medal and Ben a silver, while in the Girls competition Harriet finished first, earning herself a gold medal. More great news was to follow, one team representing the school finished in a commendable sixth place, while the other team which consisted of; Harriet, Olivia, Lucy, Zoe, Joel, Daniel, Ben and Otto finished in first place earning the school a place in the county finals on the 20th June, a great achievement by all involved!
Pupils from throughout Key Stage 2 represented the school in the School Games Tag Rugby tournament for Exeter and Mid-Devon at St Luke’s on Wednesday 6th June. Upon arrival the 4 mixed teams were placed into groups in the Year 3 & 4, and Year 5 & 6 competitions respectively ready to play their first set of 4 pool matches before lunch, and then after lunch they were allocated into a second pool to play four more matches from which the final rankings would be taken.
Both Year 5 and 6 teams started well, winning 3 out of their 4 games each, showing some excellent team play in working together to repetitively tag their opponents and force a number of turnovers. As a result of this they were both placed in highly competitive pools for the afternoon session, where there was some excellent attacking play and breakaway tries scored by Harriet, Joaquim and Oliver.
In the Year 3 and 4 competition one team remained unbeaten in their first phase with Reuben, Jasper and Harry all scoring regularly, while the other team were only defeated once despite some excellent defensive efforts by Freya, Callum and Alicia. They also had to play two games in a row in the extremely warm conditions, a feat for any team and the entire team deserve credit for their performance, being highly unlucky to be defeated with tries from Amelia and Nathan after some good attacking play from Jack and Rayan.
As the day came to an end the final positions were announced and all four Broadclyst teams were placed in the top 10 in their respective competitions with the two Year 3 and 4 teams finishing in a commendable placing on the Spirit of the Games rankings also.
We would like to welcome you to view the Cornerstone annual summer art exhibition coming soon this half term .
Each class around the school had participated and it will showcase some of the topics the children have been working on as well as some of their achievements in the visual arts.
This year the theme for the Cornerstone art exhibition is ‘ to tell a story’ and each of the classes across Broadclyst and Westclyst have approached this in their own unique way. Some of the classes are telling a story though capturing and representing the changes in time, others have looked at illustration and the visual representation of a narrative. Some of the children have looked at a faces and identified how we can use portraiture to give a sense of a person and tell their story. In each different way the children have approached the theme they have developed their ideas over a number of weeks to produce this final product.
In preparation for the art exhibition the children have experimented and developed their skills in a variety of materials. Some of the children have encountered new media for the very first time. Some of the techniques you will see exhibited include mono-printing, clay, and felt making - alongside photography, printmaking and collaborative 3D works.
As you enter the art exhibition we ask you to join us and read along with our story. As you walk around you will see hidden objects and clues to retell a heart-warming story about a lonely giant and a boy who wanted to be his friend.
The exhibition will be open for viewing from the 2nd – 7th July in the School Hall.
Year 4 began their Kingfisher project on 24th May after attending a Field Day in Newton St. Cyres. On this day they were introduced to the aims of the project – where it culminates in an awards picnic, where the children can show off their work in two displays that exemplify the cross-curricular goals.
The field day was split into three activities which were sheep wrangling, juicy fruit making and pollinator exploring. During sheep wrangling, the children observed sheep in the orchard, identifying their features and movements. They then investigated the digestive system of the sheep, learning about the quantities of food and water that they consume each day. The second activity gave the children an opportunity to crush apples in an apple press to create fresh apple juice. Hopefully the children will take this skill back to school and make use of our press in the coming weeks for the project. Pollinator explorers witnessed an active bee colony and tried to identify its queen. They also identified different species of moths in a trap and tasted honey collected from the bees previously.
The children all had an educational and inspirational visit to Newton St. Cyres, beginning the early stages of the Kingfisher Awards Project. Coming back after half term, Year 4 will be hard at work creating two imaginative displays around sheep, fruits and pollinators.