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Dunster Castle

On Monday Year One went to Dunster castle. We had a busy day exploring the castle and the grounds. We learnt what it was like to live in a castle over 800 years ago. There were no toilets and they only took a bath once a month, they must have been really smelly! We dressed up as lords and ladies and tried out a servants bed (an itchy sack).



 We heard the tale of the Dunster dragon and went on an adventure to find evidence. We then pretended we were knights attacking the castle, creeping up the steep hill. Finally, we had a go at jousting with wooden swords and horses. We all had a fantastic time! 


Southwest School’s Cup

Southwest School’s Cup

On Wednesday 8th March footballers from years 4 and 5 went to Okehampton to take part in the Saints South West Football competition. They performed really well in very wet and windy conditions. Overall they won 3 games, drew 2 and lost 2. Harry Crease from year 4 was our top scorer with 5 of our goals. Harry Crease, Charlie Ebdon and Fraser Pearce were offered invitations to Southampton FC trial after being scouted during the tournament.

The Team was: Ben Gale, Joel Buckeridge, Fraser Pearce, Charlie Watkins, Charlie Ebdon, George Davey, Ben Pulfer, Jack Bauer, Harry Crease


Year 2 Tesco Sustainability Trail

Year 2 had the opportunity to visit Tesco and take part in a ‘Sustainability Trail’ as part of our ‘Around the World’ project. They considered what sustainability means, took part in a store hunt to find Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance goods and made their own Fair Trade Banana and Strawberry Delight! They learnt about the process cocoa goes through to be made into chocolate, with a winning vote given to the usual milk chocolate over the bitter cocoa in a taste test. They enjoyed searching the store for sustainable produce and were surprised to find out how many products are not produced in the UK. They even took home their own sustainability goodie bag!


Media Meets Art

From September 2015 to July 2017  Broadclyst Community Primary school has been  is participating in an exciting Erasmus+ project ‘Media Meets Art’ funded by the European Commission.  The project began in Volksschule Gutenberg, Austria and includes four other European schools; England, Denmark, Finland and France.  All the teachers involved aim to gain new insights and knowledge in the fields of media competence and new technologies specifically based around the teaching of art and art history. 

Within the project  from 6th to 11th February 2017 Miss Farrant and Miss Gomersall travelled to Finland to spend some time Pateniemen Koulu, a comprehensive school located in the city of Oulu.  A technologically well-equipped school that offers its students the best education 600km north of Helsinki. During the week the school showcased a variety of different engaging lessons teaching children about the artwork of Tove Jannson and Akseli Gallen Lallen.

Tove Jannson, the illustrator and creator pf the very popular ‘Moomins’, proved to be a popular choice as the teachers used the tales as a vehicle to teach literacy and storytelling.  The amusing and engaging characters lent themselves well to activities such as stop motion animation and book creation as well as weaving and creating stained glass windows.  In contrast Akseli Gallen Lallen provided teachers with an open and enquiring approach to art.  The children were asked to relate and identify emotion in a figure, question the landscape and learn about traditional and historic figures sometime found in Finish art, such as the hero Väinämöinen, a figure who provided J.R.R Tolkien with his inspiration for Gandalf in ‘Lord of the Rings’ 

The final trip in the project will be to England.  During May 2017 BCPS will be the hosting the 10 European teachers showing them how we teach and embed technology into our learning. The children in years 3 and 4 will be participating in lots of activities to prepare for the visit and will give two ‘showcase’ lessons based on artists ’Banksy’ and ‘Barbara Hepworth’.  

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BCPS recognised as Centre of Assessment Excellence

Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) has been recognised as a Centre of Assessment Excellence during GL Assessment’s 5th National Assessment Conference in London on 3 March.

Headteacher Jonathan Bishop, who spoke at the event on the subject of Identifying Coasting Students, was presented with a plaque in recognition of the school’s partnership with GL Assessment.

Mr Bishop commented: “Accurate assessment information is crucial to really understanding not only what a child has achieved but also his/her potential. It allows teachers to target, support and resource children’s learning to give them the best possibility of success.

“The ‘coasting child’ is the one who, with the right challenges and high expectation, can achieve more. We often focus on the less able or underperforming children, and on the really bright capable ones. However, the ones who fit into the ‘normal’ band are those who could be coasting – they are the ones where accurate, targeted assessment information will help us to get the best out of each of them.”

His talk included a live Skype link-up with year 6 at BCPS. The response from delegates on Twitter highlighted the confidence and articulacy of the students.

Sarah Haythornthwaite, Director at GL Assessment, said: “Broadclyst Community Primary School is a fantastic example of how assessments can be used to provide the best possible outcomes for children. The school uses assessments that enable them to gain a complete understanding of their pupils’ needs and they are proud to support other schools across the country as they develop their own approaches to assessment. We are delighted that they have become one of our Centres of Assessment Excellence and we look forward to continuing to work together to share best practice.”

GL Assessment’s Centres of Assessment Excellence use their assessments to gain a complete understanding of each individual learner’s needs including attitude, ability and attainment. This allows teachers to make informed teaching and learning decisions and to track progress effectively over time. It also provides evidence of progress to Ofsted and key stakeholders such as parents and governors.

Centres of Assessment Excellence ensure the best possible outcomes for pupils. Schools can join GL Assessment’s network of partners and share experiences and learn from others. They support schools in their surrounding area to develop good assessment practice that can contribute to raising standards.

More information on the Centres of Assessment Excellence programme can be found at www.gl-assessment.co.uk/CoAE


Orchestral Extravaganza

Seven children from years 4, 5 and 6 took part in an orchestral extravaganza with members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Exeter University Great Hall on 2 March.

Playing a variety of brass, wind and string instruments, the children played in a workshop during the day, and were also invited back to perform on stage at an evening concert that included music by Shostakovich and Holst, watched by their families and friends.

The talented Broadclyst musicians were Maddie G, Harry S, Tilly P, Ben P, Freddie, Lily Rose B and Ray P.

Maddie from Year 6 described it as “an amazing experience playing in the finale, we played Mars by Holst. It was really inspiring to watch the other children and the musicians from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.” 

And Harry Smith from Year 4 said “It was a really fun evening where we got to play with loads of other schools in a gigantic theatre! We played one song, ‘Mars’, which I was slightly nervous to perform to begin with as I only started playing Trombone recently. The evening was amazing fun and I cannot wait for the next one.” 

The event was organised by the Devon Music Education Hub.


World Book Day… Week!

It’s World Book Day on Thursday, 2 March and Broadclyst Community Primary School has a whole week of celebrations planned!

Today, Monday 27 February, we have a visit from former pupil Lucy Volpin, who is now a book illustrator. She will be talking to the children in the Reception class and year 3 as well as signing copies of her books in the library.

On Tuesday, Kate Scott, author of the Spies in Disguise books as well as children's television programmes, radio plays and poetry, will be talking to all year groups as well as the junior librarians.

Many of the children have entered the BBC 500 words competition, and we have been running our own, internal, competition too, when all the entries have been judged by the school Leadership Team members. On World Book Day itself, during a whole-school assembly, we will announce the school winner of the 500 words competition.

Everyone will, of course, be dressed up as a character from a book that day, and the theme for the school dinner will be The Gruffalo. The menu includes Roasted Fox, Scrambled Snake and Gruffalo Crumble.

We are looking forward to the whole-school photo in the playground on Thursday afternoon!

Finally, on Friday, C J Busby, who writes fantasy fiction for children, including the SPELL series, will be visiting years 4, 5 and 6, and signing copies of her books too.




Mr Bishop Presents at BETT 2017

Headteacher presents his view of education for the future at major London event

A Devon headteacher emphasised the importance of project-based learning using both physical and digital tools in the education of young people when he gave a major presentation at BETT, the annual education technology event in London, on 27 January. 

Jonathan Bishop, headteacher of Broadclyst Community Primary School, and chief executive of the Cornerstone Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), discussed the future of education in a presentation entitled Future Gazing: Developing a Digital Academy.

Accepting that most new-build schools would, for budgetary reasons, be of a standardised design, Mr Bishop explained his view that what is therefore needed is the creation of learning spaces – some of them physical with digital tools, and others digital with physical tools.

“The physical space of a 21st century classroom allows a rich mix of media, with multiple projection points and inputs, controlled by teachers. The digital tools are there to support pupils’ needs, and help them to collaborate across classrooms and countries, allowing them to gain knowledge and skills through investigation and exploration within a specific project, known as project-based learning. The use of digital ink (using a pen-like stylus on a device) allows teachers to provide a personalised education for each child, with quick responses and targeted feedback, while ensuring a secure online environment and access for parents to see what their child is learning.

“At the same time, there are digital spaces, such as Microsoft OneNote, where teachers can upload lesson content and children can add and share information, ideas and work in a cloud-based, collaborative virtual environment. These spaces can be used to collate portfolios of evidence so that children’s work can be tracked against targets.

“Even in Early Years education, children can use face recognition software such as Windows Hello to log in to devices, and digital signage is embedded within their environment.”

Mr Bishop ended his presentation by recognising the need also to craft the 21st century teaching profession: “We need a workforce able to design a curriculum that gives both skills and knowledge; we need teachers able to embrace project-based learning.”

The Cornerstone MAT currently comprises Broadclyst Community Primary School, Westclyst Community Primary School and the Cornerstone Teaching School, which offers training and development for teachers. A further primary school in Monkerton will open in 2019.




GEC Winners Fly to Meet BCPS Pupils

Young Lebanese winners of a global school challenge fly meet their UK peers

The winners of the 2016 Global Enterprise Challenge, an annual worldwide business enterprise initiative run by Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) in Devon, were flown from Lebanon to visit the school at the end of January. They spent two days at Broadclyst, visiting classes and meeting some of the 2017 competitors before going to BETT, the annual education technology event in London. 

The Lebanese team won the contest with their business making and selling recycled products, which they started in response to the political challenges in Beirut, where rubbish is no longer collected. The five girls said: “We wanted to be the change.” Their school, the Makassed Khalil Shehab Primary School, ran an event, called Hearts and Hands, to which over 350 came to buy the products. All their profits were donated to the Makassed Hospital Cancer Fund Unit.

Some of BCPS’s year 5 children are entering this year’s Challenge with their own recycled products company, and found the advice of their Lebanese peers during the visit very interesting and useful, not just for their Challenge work, but also to understand more about a different country and culture.

Michael said: “The Lebanese team were incredibly kind and generous,” and Isla added: “It was very interesting to hear about their country and how different their school is to ours.”

Lucy found the tips the girls offered very useful: “They encouraged us to work globally and not just to think about our school,” she said. Keira explained: “They talked to us about teamwork and the importance of hearing others’ ideas. This was one of the reasons why they succeeded.”

Holli commented: “I really liked interviewing them in the studio – their English was amazing!” Alfie agreed: “We are very grateful for the answers that they gave us when we interviewed them. They even gave us some tips on how best to make our products.” 

The Lebanese team’s teacher, Rana Sabbidine, accompanied the children, and was delighted with the additional opportunity they had to meet Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft when they visited BETT. She said: “Because we think and dream big, and GEC is that big, we decided to participate whereby our students could develop distinctive features of leadership, communication and collaboration. The journey that our students have embarked on has definitely left an outstanding impact on the evolution of their personality and has given them a global perspective on business development. Visiting the UK was an exciting experience for them where they met new peers, enjoyed navigating in the new country and understood a new culture. Meeting with Mr Salcito was uplifting and it resonated in our pupils’ inspiration, while the BETT show was an unforgettable learning experience for them.”

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