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Items filtered by date: December 2011

Wind in the Willows

Year 3, as part of their learning around Wind in the Willows, visited Killerton House on Tuesday 28th November.  Prior to the visit, pupils had created Christmas decorations based on the characters from the book, which were displayed as part of the event on a Christmas tree in the chapel.  

When Year 3 arrived at Killerton, they gathered together to recall their excellent understanding of the story and discussed the different characters, before splitting into smaller groups led by Killerton staff dressed as many of the animals in the story.  They then travelled around the house, decorated to represent many of the scenes found in the story, taking part in a range of activities.  This include:

attempting to get a set of keys from the guard in the jail

wearing masks and asking questions to guess which character they were

writing on a bauble to explain what friendship is

using a range of percussion instruments in the music room to recreate the setting of major events in the story, ranging from the river flowing to Toad’s escape.

Finally, the whole group regathered in the music room to sing a Christmas song, all about friendship, that they had been practising in school, which impressed all those listening. They also shared the letters that they had been asked to find on their carousel before working out the word that the entire morning was based around: ‘Friendship’.  The visit was hugely enjoyed by all and Year 3 behaved excellently throughout the entire trip.  Jasmine thought the entire visit was fabulous and Lewis particularly enjoyed creating the sound of fire using percussion instruments.

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Danone Primary Football Cup

Pupils from Year 5 and 6 represented the school in the Danone Primary Football Cup at West Exe school on Wednesday 29th November.  They were split into two teams, one representing Year 6 and the other comprising pupils from Year 5.  

Each team was placed in a separate pool and played five matches over the course of the evening.  Year 6 started promisingly with a 0-0 draw followed by a 1-0 win against Pinhoe in which Charlie scored directly from a corner.  However the strong level of the pool quickly became evident and they were unfortunate to lose their next two matches despite some excellent defensive efforts from Joel in goal and from Harriet in working tirelessly to close down the opposition to limit their chances.  They then showed great character to regroup and were hugely unlucky to only draw their last game against Montgomery where they created some excellent chances through Daniel and Emily.

Year 5 from the outset showed that they could work excellently as a team both in defence and attack, again starting their pool with a win against Pinhoe thanks to a calmly taken goal from Harry and a draw.  In their third game they faced Exeter School and in an extremely high quality game they unfortunately lost 1-0 to a late Exeter goal. The team however used this experience to motivate themselves further and responded in the best possible fashion in the next game beating Bowhill 5-0 with Tegan, Otto and Nathan linking together in attack to share the goal scoring duties between themselves.  Year 5 then finished the group with another win, 2-0 against Wynstream, in which the entire team combined to score the first goal with the ball starting from Max in the Broadclyst goal, through Jack and Ben in defence until Nathan scored in an empty net with no player having more than two touches in the entire move. 

Both teams should be proud of their achievements, with Year 6 participating in an extremely strong pool and showing great character in the chilly conditions and Year 5 in finishing second in their pool in their first entry into the competition.  

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Tiverton Museum

The children in Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Tiverton Museum last week (Tuesday 21st November). They were transported back in time to learn about what life was like during the Second World War. 

Year 2 visited as part of their current topic on ‘Disasters and Triumphs’ through time. Having experienced some of what life was like as an evacuee during their Second World War theme day, the children were given the opportunity to interview a real wartime evacuee. Alongside this they explored cooking with rations, what life was like during the ‘Blackout’ and how the American soldiers became part of children’s lives. 

Jai Jai said: “I thought the trip was amazing because I found out all about WW2 jeeps - they could even go through bushes!”. Amelie added “I found it really interesting speaking to Burt, the evacuee, because I learnt that he was privately evacuated. This means he was moved to someone within his family”. The children relished the opportunity to become true historians examining real artefacts. Morgan said, “I loved the opportunity to hold the different items from WW2 like a gas mask, the big shell from a bomb (which bumped my nose) and wearing a warden hat”. Ethan agreed “I really enjoyed looking at the different medals that they could earn and finding out what country they came from”.

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Climbing Tournament

Year 5 and 6 children attended a Climbing Competition at Rock and Rapid Adventures in South Molton. The seven children came to school bright and early on a Sunday morning (19th November) to be there in time and spent their whole day tackling a series of challenges on the walls.

The first part of their competition was bouldering, tackling challenges across the wall from low level height and travelling horizontally as well as vertically. The children completed three boulder problems each that rose in difficulty. They all tackled the first two routes, and were able to climb really close to the finish on the final route. After lunch they moved into the largest part of the climbing centre and onto the high walls, which rose far up to the ceiling. They were tested against three routes again, this time clipped into top ropes to catch them if they fell. The children all completed the first two routes reaching the top in good time. They then faced the third and final route, a climb with overhanging holds! The children all tried their best but this route proved to be too difficult for any of the competitors to complete on the day.

Everyone had a brilliant day, a big thankyou to Rock and Rapid for hosting an excellent event, and well done to all the climbers from Broadclyst, you were fantastic! 

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Exeter Football League

Nine Year 5 and 6 pupils were looking to defend their unbeaten record in the Exeter Primary Football League fixtures at St Peter’s school on Monday 20th November. 

BCPS were facing a much stronger challenge against teams from Exwick Heights and Clyst Heath who were both near the top of the table after the first two rounds.  In the first game against Exwick Heights the team started slowly finding themselves 2-0 down relatively quickly but as the game went on they settled into their usual style of play and were able to come back to finish the game 2-2 thanks to goals from Ben and George.

The team went into the next game against Clyst Heath recognising the challenge that they were facing. Again they started slowly meaning that the team had to chase the game and showed some excellent team play and character to bring the scores level. There was not long left but the team managed to pull it back through goals from Harry and Charlie C in his first game this season. Unfortunately, Clyst Heath scored what turned out to be the winning goal despite some excellent defensive play from the team lead by Joel.

 The team, despite not having as successful an outing as previously, showed their sporting side in working together to come back from losing positions in both games and as Charlie stated they enjoyed the experience despite the final result.  The team have learnt from this experience, particularly in starting games quickly and are now looking forward to the next set of fixtures on the 11th December. 

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Multi-skills Event

25 Year 2 pupils enjoyed attending a Multi-skills event at Clyst Vale on the 15th November 2017.

 Each pupil participated in a carousel of activities that included skipping, tennis, bowling and a target throw.  The activities, whilst ensuring that they were fun, were intended to develop a variety of skills including their agility and coordination. This is as well as providing the opportunity to experience some of these activities from a new perspective.

Everyone really enjoyed the opportunity to take part and wanted to play many of the games again with Theo saying that ‘It was really cool playing all the games,’ Morgan agreed and found the bowling game the most fun.

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Table Tennis Tournament

Pupils took part in a table tennis tournament in Plympton on 6th November 2017.

The table tennis squad sent eight children to the tournament with Mr Kimber and Mr Abrahams. The girls: Harriet, Emily, Maddie and Jessie played some really tough games against girls from Okehampton and St Andrews. In those teams were national runners up and some other great players. The girls came second overall and played excellently – all of them winning at least one match.

The boys: Marlon, Freddie, Fraser and Charlie also played against a number of teams – St Andrews, Okehampton and St Christopher’s, Staverton, Totnes.
They won nearly all of their games and managed to win the whole competition! There was some fierce competition, but the boys managed to come out on top. Marlon said that he enjoyed the games and that one of the organisers may find him a place in the individual competition.

All of the children really enjoyed the whole competition. Our more experienced players found the competition challenging and some of our newer players had a great chance to improve and even get some tips from others.

Everyone found this a very enjoyable experience and the whole team are looking forward to more competitions and events later in the year.

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